Date(s) - 02/12/2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
South Kensington tube station
It is 100 years since the birth of Dame Muriel Spark, acclaimed Scottish author, poet, literary critic and biographer – knighted for her contribution to British literature. The adaption for theatre and film of her novel “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” brought her considerable celebrity. This one novel caused several of her other works to be overshadowed, and yet critics have claimed that other novels are as powerful, even of better quality. One such is “A Far Cry from Kensington” written in the 1980s and looking back to the post-war years, when Muriel Spark first came to live in London.
At the time of the novel is set, in the late 1950s, Muriel Spark was converting to Roman Catholicism and finding success as a fiction writer. Many claim that this book draws on Muriel Spark’s own early career as a proof reader and publishing assistant. As Ali Smith writes in the introduction to the Virago Modern Classics edition “London is full of people surreally chasing jobs in the publishing industry; part of the novel’s high entertainment is its satire of the book business, as if a job in publishing is like a golden ticket to life itself.”
You can find out more from the Muriel Spark 100 Centenary website.
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