The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

To Try Before You Die

by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Published in 1961, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is undoubtedly Muriel Spark’s most loved – and most unforgettable – novel

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‘The story of charming and irresponsible school mistress Jean Brodie continues to enchant and shock in equal measure. …This beautiful edition is part of a series published to mark the centenary of Spark’s birth’ – The Lady

‘It has all the Spark trademarks: dark humour, a non-linear time frame, a sardonic and bleak view of human nature, and a talent to entertain’ – Val McDermid, The Observer

Edinburgh, 1930, and the world is on the brink of change. Leading the charge is the glamorous, free-spirited Miss Jean Brodie, schoolteacher at the Marcia Blaine Academy, whose guiding principle is ‘Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she’ll be mine for life. I am dedicated to you in my prime.’ While Miss Brodie manipulates and charms ‘her girls’ – known as the Brodie Set – with notions of romance and heroism, tragedy and a cruel betrayal beckon.

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.

Alan Taylor has contributed to numerous publications, including the TLS, The New Yorker and The Melbourne Age, and edited four acclaimed anthologies – The Assassin’s Cloak (2000), The Secret Annexe (2004), The Country Diaries (2009) and most recently, Glasgow: The Autobiography (2016).

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

Supported by the Muriel Spark Society.


ISBN: 9781846974304

Publication date: 18/10/2018

Format: Hardback (also available as an eBook)

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Fiction