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Ranking Author Evelyn Waugh’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Evelyn Waugh’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Waugh’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Evelyn Waugh and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Evelyn Waugh



48 ) The Holy Places

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 48
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 42


48 ) Mr Loveday’s Little Outing

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 48
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 42


47 ) The Sayings of Evelyn Waugh

 The Sayings of Evelyn Waugh

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 46
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 42


46 ) Ninety-Two Days

 Ninety-Two Days

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 38


44 ) Waugh in Abyssinia

 Waugh in Abyssinia

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 39
  • LibraryThing: 36


44 ) A Tourist in Africa

 A Tourist in Africa

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 39


43 ) Mr. Wu and Mrs.stitch

 Mr. Wu and Mrs.stitch

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 25
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 42


42 ) Helena

 Helena

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 37
  • Amazon: 35
  • LibraryThing: 34


41 ) Basil Seal Rides Again

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 42


40 ) The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

 The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 35


39 ) Charles Ryder’s Schooldays

 Charles Ryder's Schooldays

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 35
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 29


38 ) The Coronation of Haile Selassie

 The Coronation of Haile Selassie

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 43
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 41


37 ) Labels

 Labels

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 31


36 ) Robbery Under Law

 Robbery Under Law

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 31


35 ) Black Mischief

 Black Mischief

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 25


34 ) Work Suspended

 Work Suspended

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 28


33 ) Tactical Exercise

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 44
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 1


32 ) The Life of Ronald Knox

 The Life of Ronald Knox

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 31
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 42


31 ) The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox

 The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 31
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 39


30 ) Vile Bodies

 Vile Bodies

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 25
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 21


29 ) The Seven Deadly Sins

 The Seven Deadly Sins

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 42
  • Amazon: 10
  • LibraryThing: 22


27 ) The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh

 The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 30


27 ) Love Among the Ruins

 Love Among the Ruins

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 7


26 ) Rossetti

 Rossetti

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 45
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 22


24 ) The Complete Short Stories

 The Complete Short Stories

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 42


24 ) The Loved One

 The Loved One

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 14


23 ) On Guard

 On Guard

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 42


22 ) A Little Order

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 20
  • LibraryThing: 25


20 ) The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper

 The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 25
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 37


20 ) Remote People

 Remote People

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 33
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 22


19 ) Put Out More Flags

 Put Out More Flags

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 27


18 ) Scoop

 Scoop

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 16


17 ) Unconditional Surrender

 Unconditional Surrender

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 9


16 ) A Handful of Dust

 A Handful of Dust

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 24
  • LibraryThing: 18


15 ) Letters of Evelyn Waugh

 Letters of Evelyn Waugh

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 38
  • LibraryThing: 13


14 ) A Little Learning

 A Little Learning

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 12


13 ) Men at Arms

 Men at Arms

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 20
  • LibraryThing: 18


12 ) The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 5


11 ) When the Going Was Good

 When the Going Was Good

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 20


10 ) Officers and Gentlemen

 Officers and Gentlemen

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 20
  • LibraryThing: 11


9 ) Waugh Abroad

 Waugh Abroad

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 7


8 ) Brideshead Revisited

 Brideshead Revisited

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 23
  • LibraryThing: 6


7 ) Decline and Fall

 Decline and Fall

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 14


6 ) The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh

 The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 10


5 ) Selected Works

 Selected Works

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 31


4 ) Saint Edmund Campion

 Saint Edmund Campion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 8
  • LibraryThing: 16


3 ) The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh

 The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 4


2 ) Two Lives: Edmund Campion: Scholar, Priest, Hero and Martyr AND Life of Ronald Knox

 Two Lives: Edmund Campion: Scholar, Priest, Hero and Martyr AND Life of Ronald Knox

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 3


1 ) Black Mischief; Scoop; The Loved One; The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

 Black Mischief; Scoop; The Loved One; The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 1


Evelyn Waugh’s Best Books



Evelyn Waugh Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
Black Mischief; Scoop; The Loved One; The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold 3 1 1 1
Two Lives: Edmund Campion: Scholar, Priest, Hero and Martyr AND Life of Ronald Knox 5 1 3 2
The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh 7 15 4 3
Saint Edmund Campion 4 8 16 4
Selected Works 2 1 31 5
The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh 10 15 10 6
Decline and Fall 17 7 14 7
Brideshead Revisited 10 23 6 8
Waugh Abroad 8 25 7 9
Officers and Gentlemen 13 20 11 10
When the Going Was Good 19 11 20 11
The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh 13 33 5 12
Men at Arms 15 20 18 13
A Little Learning 28 15 12 14
Letters of Evelyn Waugh 6 38 13 15
A Handful of Dust 15 24 18 16
Unconditional Surrender 9 40 9 17
Scoop 17 25 16 18
Put Out More Flags 19 15 27 19
The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper 25 1 37 20
Remote People 33 8 22 20
A Little Order 19 20 25 22
On Guard 22 1 42 23
The Complete Short Stories 10 15 42 24
The Loved One 28 25 14 24
Rossetti 45 1 22 26
The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh 1 40 30 27
Love Among the Ruins 39 25 7 27
The Seven Deadly Sins 42 10 22 29
Vile Bodies 25 33 21 30
The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox 31 11 39 31
The Life of Ronald Knox 31 11 42 32
Tactical Exercise 44 40 1 33
Work Suspended 22 40 28 34
Black Mischief 30 36 25 35
Robbery Under Law 38 25 31 36
Labels 39 25 31 37
The Coronation of Haile Selassie 43 11 41 38
Charles Ryder’s Schooldays 35 36 29 39
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold 41 25 35 40
Basil Seal Rides Again 22 40 42 41
Helena 37 35 34 42
Mr. Wu and Mrs.stitch 25 40 42 43
Waugh in Abyssinia 36 39 36 44
A Tourist in Africa 47 25 39 44
Ninety-Two Days 34 40 38 46
The Sayings of Evelyn Waugh 46 40 42 47
The Holy Places 48 40 42 48
Mr Loveday’s Little Outing 48 40 42 48

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