The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2012-03-20
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1453245030

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“A perfect book”—and basis for the Maggie Smith film—about a teacher who makes a lasting impression on her female students in the years before World War II (Chicago Tribune). “Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life!” So asserts Jean Brodie, a magnetic, dubious, and sometimes comic teacher at the conservative Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh. Brodie selects six favorite pupils to mold—and she doesn’t stop with just their intellectual lives. She has a plan for them all, including how they will live, whom they will love, and what sacrifices they will make to uphold her ideals. When the girls reach adulthood and begin to find their own destinies, Jean Brodie’s indelible imprint is a gift to some, and a curse to others. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is Spark’s masterpiece, a novel that offers one of twentieth-century English literature’s most iconic and complex characters—a woman at once admirable and sinister, benevolent and conniving. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Muriel Spark including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s archive at the National Library of Scotland.

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar

Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar
Author: Olga Wojtas
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem Press
Total Pages: 301
Release: 2018-12-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1631941712

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A librarian with deceptively dangerous skills is sent back in time to Tzarist Russia in this “laugh-out-loud farce” and homage to Muriel Spark (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Never underestimate a librarian. Comfortable padded and in her middle years, Shona McMonagle may look bookish and harmless, but her education at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls has left her with a deadly expertise in everything from martial arts to quantum physics. It has also left her with a bone-deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, that scurrilous novel that spread scandalous untruths about the finest educational institution in Edinburgh. Shona’s skills, her deceptively mild appearance, and her passionate loyalty make her the perfect recruit for an interesting new project: time travel to Tzarist Russia, prevent a gross miscarriage of romance, and—in any spare time—see to it that only the right people get murdered. It’s a big job, but no task is too daunting for a prefect from Miss Blaine’s. “A delightful addition to the ranks of comic crime.” —The Guardian, UK

The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic)

The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic)
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 148
Release: 1998-04-17
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811221040

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"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. Like the May of Teck Club itself—"three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit"—its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds. Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."

The 100 Best Novels in English

The 100 Best Novels in English
Author: Robert McCrum
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2019-03-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781903385425

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LITERARY COMPANIONS, BOOK REVIEWS & GUIDES. Everybody loves a list but this is a list of major ambition: namely, to select the best 100 novels in the English language, published from the late 17th century to the present day. This list has been built up week by week in The Observer since September 2013, and selected by writer and Observer editor Robert McCrum. With a short critique on each book, this is a real delight for literary lovers.

Aiding and Abetting

Aiding and Abetting
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: Anchor
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2001-07-31
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0385503644

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In Aiding and Abetting, the doyenne of literary satire has written a wickedly amusing and subversive novel around the true-crime case of one of England’s most notorious uppercrust scoundrels and the “aiders and abetters” who kept him on the loose. When Lord Lucan walks into psychiatrist Hildegard Wolf’s Paris office, there is one problem: she already has a patient who says he’s Lucan, the fugitive murderer who bludgeoned his children’s nanny in a botched attempt to kill his wife. As Dr. Wolf sets about deciding which of her patients, if either, is the real Lucan, she finds herself in a fierce battle of wills and an exciting chase across Europe. For someone is deceiving someone, and it may be the good doctor, who, despite her unorthodox therapeutic method (she talks mainly about her own life), has a sinister past, too. Exhibiting Muriel Spark’s boundless imagination and biting wit, Aiding and Abetting is a brisk, clever, and deliciously entertaining tale by one of Britain’s greatest living novelists.

Loitering with Intent

Loitering with Intent
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-05-27
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811219755

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Where does art start or reality end? Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with the intent of gathering material for her writing, Fleur Talbot finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world” at the very peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs writing their memoirs in advance — or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? When the association’s pompous director steals Fleur’s manuscript, fiction begins to appropriate life.

You Feel It Just Below the Ribs

You Feel It Just Below the Ribs
Author: Jeffrey Cranor
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 427
Release: 2021-11-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0063066637

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A haunting, provocative novel, You Feel It Just Below the Ribs is a fictional autobiography in an alternate twentieth century that chronicles one woman’s unusual life, including the price she pays to survive and the cost her choices hold for the society she is trying to save. Born at the end of the old world, Miriam grows up during The Great Reckoning, a sprawling, decades-long war that nearly decimates humanity and strips her of friends and family. Devastated by grief and loneliness, she emotionally exiles herself, avoiding relationships or allegiances, and throws herself into her work—disengagement that serves her when the war finally ends, and The New Society arises. To ensure a lasting peace, The New Society forbids anything that may cause tribal loyalties, including traditional families. Suddenly, everyone must live as Miriam has chosen to—disconnected and unattached. A researcher at heart, Miriam becomes involved in implementing this detachment process. She does not know it is the beginning of a darkly sinister program that will transform this new world and the lives of everyone in it. Eventually, the harmful effects of her research become too much for Miriam, and she devises a secret plan to destroy the system from within, endangering her own life. But is her “confession” honest—or is it a fabrication riddled with lies meant to conceal the truth? A jarring and uncanny tale of loss, trauma, and the power of human connection and deception, You Feel It Just Below the Ribs is a portrait of a disturbing alternate world eerily within reach, and an examination of the difficult choices we must make to survive in it.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: Dyslexia-Friendly Classics
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2020
Genre: Children's stories
ISBN: 9781781129241

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Muriel Spark's classic novel of the power of loyalty and influence now available in a stunning package that is accessible for all readers.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780811219235

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Muriel Spark's bracingly salty memoir is a no-holds-barred trip through an extraordinary writer's life.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye

The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2014-05-27
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0811221334

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A slender satirical gem from the “master of malice and mayhem” (The New York Times) The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a wickedly farcical tale of an English factory town turned upside-down by a Scot who may or may not be in league with the Devil. Dougal Douglas is hired to do “human research” into the lives of the workers, Douglas stirs up mutiny and murder.