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Alexander Waugh (born 1963) is an English writer, critic, composer, cartoonist, record producer and television presenter. He was educated at the University of Manchester and University of Surrey where he gained degrees in Music.

Alexander Waugh was the Chief Opera Critic of the Mail on Sunday (1990-91) and of The Evening Standard (1991-1996). He is the grandson of Evelyn Waugh and eldest son of Auberon Waugh. His books on music include Classical Music: A New Way of Listening (1995) and Opera: A New Way of Listening (1996). He reviews non-fiction books regularly for the British press and has contributed cartoons to The Literary Review and The Daily Telegraph. His books Time (1999) and God (2002) are written in a type of prose that uses irony and wit to impart condensed information. His biography Fathers and Sons (2004) is a portrait of the male relations across five generations in his own family. It was made into 90-minute BBC documentary film in 2005. In 2006 he presented the BBC television documentary "The Piano – A Love Affair". His theatre piece Bon Voyage! (co-written with his brother Nathaniel Waugh) won the 12th Vivian Ellis Award for Best New Musical.


  • Classical Music: A New Way of Listening (De Agostini, 1995; Macmillan, 1995)
  • Opera: A New Way of Listening (De Agostini, 1996)
  • Time: From Microseconds to Millennia; A Search for the Right Time (Headline 1999; Carroll and Graf 2000)
  • God (Headline 2002; St Martin’s Press 2004)
  • Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family (Headline 2004: Nan Talese 2007)
  • The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War (Doubleday, 2009)

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