Sun 9 March 2008, The Sunday Telegraph

Did Bill Deedes inspire Evelyn Waugh's Boot?

The notion that W. F. Deedes was the inspiration for William Boot in Evelyn Waugh's novel Scoop followed him around for his entire career. Bill did nothing to dispel the myth. It added to his celebrity and it was a jolly good joke. But Deedes was unlike the timid Boot in more ways than he was similar.
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