Where to start with Muriel Spark: a guide to her best novels
Muriel Spark was a writer of astonishing productivity, writing 22 titles which were varied in subject matter. So which one should you read first?
Win a bundle of Muriel Spark’s novels including a copy of our August Book of the Month, Loitering with Intent, plus a limited-edition Booker Prize tote bag
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To celebrate our August Book of the Month – Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark – we are giving you the chance to win a bundle of novels by the author and an exclusive, limited-edition, money-can’t-buy Booker Prize tote bag.
The set includes eight titles from Spark’s backlist, published in the UK by Virago: A Far Cry from Kensington, Memento Mori, Territorial Rights, The Public Image, The Mandelbaum Gate, The Comforters, Loitering with Intent and Symposium.
In Spark’s 1981 Booker-shortlisted title Loitering with Intent, a would-be novelist takes inspiration from life – but then finds the tables are mysteriously turned.
When Fleur Talbot takes up work for the snobbish Sir Quentin Oliver and the venal members of his Autobiographical Association, she is secretly delighted. Here is inspiration for her villain, Warrender Chase. But when Sir Quentin steals the finished manuscript for his own lunatic ends, life begins to imitate art with uncanny – and dangerous – predictability, for more than one of her characters has met an untimely end…
The Booker Prize tote bags, which are not available to buy, are designed by Leanne Shapton, who is the first art editor for the New York Review of Books, an author and illustrator, as well as having been a judge for the Booker Prize in 2018.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter your details below by 12:00 BST (British Summer Time) on Thursday, August 31, 2023. This competition is open to readers anywhere in the world.
This competition is a free draw, with only one entry allowed per person, and we reserve the right to disqualify any entries where we suspect one person has used a number of different email addresses. Use or attempted use of any automated or other non-manual entry methods is prohibited.
The draw is governed by our general rules for competitions, available here, but the following specifics also apply (and take precedence should there be any contradiction or ambiguity):