The Bachelors

A D.C.I. Daley Thriller – Book 1

by Muriel Spark

The Bachelors

The Bachelors was first published in 1960 and is Muriel Spark’s fifth novel

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Spiritualist and extortionist Patrick Seton is coming up for trial. He’s been accused of forgery, and suddenly West London’s bachelors are all in a tizzy. Described by Evelyn Waugh as the ‘cleverest and most elegant of all Mrs Spark’s clever and elegant books’, The Bachelors is a biting comedy of English manners.

This is one of the 22 novels written by Muriel Spark in her lifetime. All are being published by Polygon in hardback Centenary Editions between November 2017 and September 2018.

Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet, essayist, biographer and novelist, she won much international praise, including being twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Times placed her eighth in its list of the Fifty Greatest British Writers Since 1945. She died in Tuscany in 2006.

James Campbell was born in Glasgow in 1951 and educated at the University of Edinburgh. He is a former editor of the New Edinburgh Review, and is now an editor for the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of several books including This Is the Beat Generation, Paris Interzone and Syncopations.


The Publishers acknowledge investment from Creative Scotland towards the publication of this book.

Supported by the Muriel Spark Society.

ISBN: 9781846974298

Publication date: 11/07/2019

Format: Paperback (also available as an eBook)

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon