The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
By (author) Muriel Spark
Miss Jean Brodie is a rare breed of teacher – passionate, independent-minded and romantically inspired, with not the slightest care for convention. She soon garners a devoted following of six young girls, who will become known as ‘the Brodie set’, and begins to shape them in her own image. But Miss Brodie is more than just an individual with an intense desire to control and mould her girls. Beneath the facade of this self-possessed woman lie some sinister truths, and a keen interest in fascism …A tour de force of contemporary Scottish literature, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark is a compelling portrait of a woman’s dark quest for immortality. This Macmillan Collector’s Library edition features an afterword by publisher Anna South. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector’s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much-loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector’s Library are books to love and treasure.
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.’