Author, publisher, traveller, cricketer, lover of wine: Alec Waugh has been all these in the course of a life which has brought him a host of friends around the world. He is a warm person who knows a good friend when he sees one and is revered by all those with whom there has been mutual acceptance. This book contains his memories of many famous writers and some figures no longer so well remembered in the period between the wars. The section which will, no doubt, command the most attention is that devoted to the youth of his younger brother Evelyn. This throws invaluable light on the early years of a great but difficult man and reveals an insight which only one so close as a brother could have. Further, Alec Waugh as friend, admirer and critic writes of many literary figures of the same period-describing, in passing, the social scene, the setting in which their lives were lived. Included are: Sir Edmund Gosse, E. Temple Thurston, Desmond Coke, Ernest Rhys, Grant Richards, Frank Swinnerton, Robert Nichols, Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Richard Aldington, Hugh Kingsmill, Gerard Hopkins, Milton Hayes, J. F. Holms, Ralph Straus, W. L. George, Gilbert Cannan, W. W. Jacobs, Hugh Walpole, Clifford Bax, J. C. Squire, E. S. P. Haynes, Vyvyan Holland, Michael Arlen, Somerset Maugham. Descriptions of the MacDowell Colony for writers in New England, the author's life in America and the story of the success of his famous Island in the Sun bring the book to a happy ending.