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ASHES TO ASHES: A punk song about the great Catholic writer, Evelyn Waugh.

ASHES TO ASHES: A punk song about the great Catholic writer, Evelyn Brideshead Revisited (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Everyman's Library (Cloth))Waugh.Brideshead Revisited:(Penguin Modern Classics)Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead


  1. Some info on Mr. Waugh whose Brideshead Revisited continues to draw readers and viewers decades after its creation.


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