Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh. A poet and novelist, she also wrote children’s books, radio plays, a comedy and biographies.
She is best known for her stories and many successful novels, including Memento Mori, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Loitering with Intent, The Comforters, A Far Cry from Kensington and The Public Image.
Over her long literary career, Muriel Spark won international praise and many awards, including the David Cohen British Literature Award, the T. S. Eliot Award, the Saltire Prize, the Boccaccio Prize for European Literature and the Italia Prize for dramatic radio.
She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1969 and again in 1981 and her novel The Driver’s Seat was one of the novels shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize 1970. She was also shortlisted, for her entire body of work, for The Man Booker International Prize 2005.