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Muriel Spark, DBE, C.Litt., was born in Edinburgh in 1918 and educated in Scotland. A poet and novelist, she also wrote children’s books, radio plays, a comedy Doctors of Philosophy, (first
performed in London in 1962 and published 1963) and biographies of nineteenth-century literary figures, including Mary Shelley and Emily Brontë.

For her long career of literary achievement, which began in 1951, when she won a short-story competition in the Observer, Muriel Spark garnered international praise and many awards, which
include the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Ingersoll T.S. Eliot Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Boccaccio Prize for European Literature, the Gold Pen Award, the first
Enlightenment Award and the Italia Prize for dramatic radio. She died in 2006.

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If you like Muriel Spark you might also like to read books by William Trevor, Shena Mackay and Iris Murdoch.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Muriel Spark

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark
A Far Cry From Kensington
Muriel Spark
‘Like most people, I came to Spark’s work through the 1969 film of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and this prompted me to start reading her other novels… Her novels are very varied – there are surreal novels, allegorical...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/12/2017
The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark
The Ballad of Peckham Rye
Muriel Spark
‘You either ‘get’ Spark or you don’t. She always was different, and became more so with practice. An appetite for caricatures, for types… The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a comedy – some critics have trouble remembering that – filled...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Comforters by Muriel Spark
The Comforters
Muriel Spark
'There are two plots in The Comforters. One is fanciful and improbable; the other imaginative and convincingly real. The first is charming; the second disturbing… There is evidence of what would come to be recognised as the characteristic Spark touch:...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Memento Mori
Muriel Spark
'One of the many delights of a Muriel Spark novel is the way in which the ground shifts so delicately under the reader’s feet. In an interview to mark the publication of the book in 1959, Spark said: ‘The prospect...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Robinson by Muriel Spark
Robinson
Muriel Spark
'Robinson is Spark’s second novel. Already she has her great subjects: truth, power, faith, what we may do to pretend or delude ourselves that we have agency in our own lives, what powers an artist, perhaps specifically a novelist, may...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
The Complete Short Stories by Muriel Spark
The Complete Short Stories
Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent. The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/08/2011
The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark
The Driver's Seat
Muriel Spark
Shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize. A short but perfectly formed novel about a woman who decides to change the direction her life is going in. However it soon becomes clear that searching for adventure may not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/2006
Finishing School by Muriel Spark
Finishing School
Muriel Spark
An eloquent, satirical, lovely tale of jealousy and envy, it fair sparkles off the page. A pure delight, as one would expect. Comparison: Iris Murdoch, William Trevor, Hilary Mantel.Similar this month: Philip Hensher, Alan...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 28/04/2005

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