The definitive short story collection from an unmistakable voice. Introduced by Janice Galloway
From the cruel irony of ‘A member of the Family’ to the fateful echoes of ‘The Go-Away Bird’ and the unexpectedly sinister ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.
The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short story writers of the twentieth century.
“It is perhaps her short stories that demonstrate her gifts best: wit, perception, acute characterisation, elegance and precision. They mark her out as one of the finest writers of her generation”
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“Glittering, concise, funny and beautifully written”
“Completely, searingly original. There is nobody remotely like her”
“None could equal the cool perception with which she chronicles the darker mysteries of the human conidtion”
“One of the most decisive and unmistakable voices in contemporary fiction - youthful, witty, sly, maternal, intimate, and alive with opinion”
Muriel Spark, DBE, C.Litt., was born in Edinburgh in 1918 and educated in Scotland. A poet, essayist and novelist, she is most well-known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and her writing is widely celebrated for its biting wit and satire. Muriel Spark has garnered international praise and many awards, including the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Ingersoll T.S. Eliot Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Boccaccio Prize for European Literature and the Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime’s Service to Literature. She became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1967 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993, in recognition of her services to literature. She died in 2006.