For the Guardian he named a top ten list of quest narratives. One book on the list:
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn WaughRead about the other entries on the list.
Underlying all the satire, snobbery, nostalgia and hedonism, a strong spiritual theme provides Waugh's novel with both its structure and its underlying meaning. Brideshead Revisited is really a platonic, Roman Catholic allegory. From the moment he encountered Sebastian Flyte in 1920s Oxford, Charles Ryder, without realising it, had embarked on a quest that would bring him to God (though this is only implied, for the novel ends before the inevitable culmination). The beauty of Sebastian and Julia Flyte, as well as of Brideshead, are only foreshadowings of the ultimate source of all beauty.
Brideshead Revisited is one of Val McDermid's top ten Oxford novels and Christopher Buckley's best books.