Author(s): Muriel Spark
'One of the greatest books about growing up' James Wood, Guardian 'You girls are my vocation . . . I am dedicated to you in my prime' Miss Jean Brodie is a schoolmistress with a difference. She is proud, cultured and romantic but her educational ideas are highly progressive and even deeply shocking. So when she decides to transform a group of 'special girls' into the crème de la crème at Marcia Blaine School they are soon known, perhaps suspiciously, as the Brodie set. Introduced to an unsettling world of adult games and curious intrigues, the Brodie Set know that they are privileged. Yet there is a price to pay - they must give Miss Brodie their undivided loyalty . . . 'The most gifted and innovative British novelist of her generation' David Lodge, The New York Times 'Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards' John Updike, New Yorker
An elegant collector's edition of Muriel Spark's classic novel of one teacher's terrible, far-reaching influence on the lives of her students.
Dame Muriel Spark was born in 1918 and educated in Edinburgh, before spending a number of years in central Africa. Her novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957 and was the first of twenty-two full length works of fiction that include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) and Loitering with Intent (1981). Although best known for her novels, Spark was also a prolific and highly successful writer in other mediums, producing a multitude of plays, poetry collections and short stories. She died in Italy in 2006; her obituary in the Telegraph remembered her as 'one of the most elegant and incisive of British novelists, famous for her astringent, vigorous prose and for the sinister and disorientating quality of her plots.'