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Finishing School by Muriel Spark
  

Finishing School

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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 Hollinghurst.

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

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Synopsis

Finishing School by Muriel Spark

Passionately determined to write his novel whilst running College Sunrise, a finishing school for both sexes and mixed nationalities, Rowland Mahler is assisted by his wife, Nina Parker. This term there is a new star pupil - Chris, seventeen, also determined to write his masterpiece. As Chris's novel takes shape while his own flounders, Rowland becomes increasingly obsessed and the finishing school becomes awash with his jealousy and envy. This new novel amply displays Muriel Spark's extraordinary talent: cool, biting humour and a unique vision of human nature.

Reviews

An empress of literary sleight of hand. . . . What grace and beauty she's still displaying during the golden days and starlit nights of her absolutely marvelous career. - The Washington Post Ingeniously comic. . . . Spark has packed a multitude of twists and turns into this relatively brief novel, and the action skims along merrily from one surprising revelation to the next. - Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Finishing School has all the ingredients of her best-known fiction. - The New York Times Delicious. . . . A deft new comic novel. . . . Spark remains a master of quick-stroke portraiture and trenchant moral investigation. - The Seattle Times A youthful academic comedy. . . . Her style . . . remains as sharp, even shocking, as it's always been. - The New York Times Book Review


About the Author

Muriel Spark

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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Publication date

28th April 2005

Author

Muriel Spark

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback (b Format)
160 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141005980

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