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RRP: GBP 10.39
ISBN: 978 1 784100 91 9
Categories: 20th Century, Catholic, Memoirs, Scottish, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: January 2014
216 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
‘Who are you, darling?’ he said.
I thought it a very good question, and still do. I resolved, all those years ago, to write an autobiography which would help to explain, to myself and others: Who am I.
Muriel Spark in the autobiography traces how one of the great modern writers in English emerged. Beginning with luminous evocations of a 1920s childhood in Edinburgh and memories of school, taught by the original Miss Jean Brodie, Spark recalls her formative years, up to the publication of her first novel in 1957. ‘In order to write about life as I intended to do, I felt I had first to live,’ Spark says. In her account of her unhappy marriage in colonial Africa, her return to wartime London on a troop ship, working at the Foreign Office as one of the ‘girls of slender means’, editing Poetry Review and her conversion to Catholicism, Muriel Spark outlines the life that provided material for some of the best-loved novels of the twentieth century.
'Cast in the dye of Edinburgh’s caustic morality, Ms Spark emerges as one of her own best characters.'
Clare Boylan, Irish Times
Photograph of Muriel Spark: Copyright Jerry Bauer. Cover design StephenRaw.com
Preface by Elaine Feinstein
Like all her work, surprising, beautifully written, and with unnerving glimpses into the abyss which lies, always, beneath our feet.
- John Mortimer, Evening Standard
'The marvellous thing about Muriel Spark's writing is that...it never gets knotted up in its own so-sharp-she'll-cut-herself cleverness. Spark's writing has a subtle merriment about it, a lightness of touch, a willingness to share in fleeting moments of mundane love and pleasure.'
Jenny Turner, London Review of Books
'Like all her work, surprising, beautifully written, and with unnerving glimpses into the abyss which lies, always, beneath our feet.'
John Mortimer, Evening Standard
Praise for Muriel Spark 'Mysterious, haunting, meticulously wrought.'
'Spark achieves precisely what she sets out to: no surprise to us now but pretty impressive given that this was her first book.'
Zoë Strachan, Scottish Review of Books 'The style is bracingly familiar â beady, ironic, acidulous... She is an astute critic.'
Anthony Quinn, Daily Mail
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