The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

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21 September 2017
168 pages

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.

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She has established herself in the course of one sparkling lustrum. Miss Spark is indeed an author to be grateful for in our plutonian age

Joan Davenport, The Observer

Each of her sentences fulfils perfectly its own purpose, and there is never an extraneous joke. Miss Brodie makes excellent reading

Karl Miller, New Statesmen

No other woman writer of this generation has simultaneously attracted so much notice from the critics and achieved so much success with the public at large

Francis King, Time and Tide