Muriel Spark
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Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel in 1957. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film. Spark became a Dame of the British Empire in 1993.

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    • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 247

    A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school during the 1930's instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Primed for Classics

    • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

    Regular price: $17.45

    • A Far Cry from Kensington

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truth Teller In The Midst Of Posers & The Clueless

    • By Sara on 10-03-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Complete Short Stories

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century. All stories performed unabridged by three star readers....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A must for Muriel Spark fans!

    • By Ilana on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $17.45

    • The Girls of Slender Means

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    The lady inhabitants of a London ladies' hostel emerging from the shadow of World War II do their best to act as if the world were back to normal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Funny, moving, brilliant

    • By David on 05-28-11

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Driver's Seat

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 24

    Lise is thin, neither good-looking nor bad-looking. One day she walks out of her office, acquires a gaudy new outfit, adopts a girlier tone of voice and heads to the airport to fly south....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterfully written and read

    • By Erez on 07-17-11

    Regular price: $16.35

    • Memento Mori

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Muriel Spark's blackly comic masterwork begins with a voice on the telephone warning, "Remember, you must die"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More Spark, Please!

    • By Cariola on 10-27-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Finishing School

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Nobody writing has a keener instinct than Muriel Spark for hypocrisy, self-delusion, and moral ambiguity....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short but Sweet

    • By Blythe on 08-13-07

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Mandelbaum Gate

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Muriel Spark has created a many-faceted novel, both comic and serious, enriched by a wealth of information.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spark Sparks!!

    • By Karen on 08-19-10

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Loitering with Intent

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance, or poor fools....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As Good As Pym--Maybe Better!

    • By Cariola on 10-27-11

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Ballad of Peckham Rye

    • By: Muriel Spark
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 6

    The Ballad of Peckham Rye is the wickedly farcical fable of a blue-collar town turned upside down....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By A. Kiss on 02-23-10

    Regular price: $17.47

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