It’s the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark’s birth in 2018 and therefore time for a reappraisal of a novelist whose influence and importance are often overlooked. Alan Taylor got to know Spark very well and gives a warm, gossipy and rounded picture of a woman who didn’t take many prisoners. As a biography it has the merit of both revealing a very private woman and also reigniting interest in Muriel Spark’s work – an ideal introduction for the anniversary year. ~ Sue Baker
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This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. This colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscrete and admiring memoir charts the course of Muriel Spark's life revealing her as she really was. Once, she commented sitting over a glass of chianti at the kitchen table, that she was upset that the academic whom she had appointed her official biographer did not appear to think that she had ever cracked a joke in her life. Alan Taylor here sets the record straight about this and many other things. With sources ranging from notebooks kept from his very first encounter with Muriel and the hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years, this is an invaluable portrait of one of Edinburgh's premiere novelists.
The book will be published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel's birth in 2018.
Publication date: 02/11/2017
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||2nd November 2017|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
|Categories:||Biography: literary, Memoirs, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,|
Alan Taylor has contributed to numerous publications, including The TLS, The New Yorker and The Melbourne Age, and edited four acclaimed anthologies - The Assassin's Cloak (2000), The Secret Annexe (2004), The Country Diaries (2009) and most recently, Glasgow: The Autobiography (2016).More About Alan Taylor