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Appointment in Arezzo
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ISBN:
9781846973758
Categories
Biography, Muriel Spark Centenary Editions, New Releases
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
02 November 2017
Format
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
176

Appointment in Arezzo

A friendship with Muriel Spark

                               

eBook also available from the iBookstore

‘Anyone who loves Muriel Spark’s novels will enjoy this intelligent and affectionate book. Anyone who reads it, though ignorant of the novels, will surely want to read them’ – Allan Massie, Scotsman

'an insightful, fond and gossipy read, with a Sparkian title to boot’ – Kirsty Wark, The Observer

'So true in its friendship to and its critique of Spark and her work, and at the same time such a good read, that I found myself still reading it walking along streets and waiting for Tube trains. It celebrates Spark’s work with real understanding while it celebrates their friendship with candour and warmth. I loved it' – Ali Smith, Financial Times, Best Books of 2017

'Sharply observant, Taylor’s cautious, respectful, sincere and measured prose sustains what’s at the core of the whole book: affection. A sense of liking runs through it. And from the moment of their first meeting, Spark seems to have recognised the affection, critical sensibility and genuineness of Taylor’s respect...it has the method, the sensitivity to moments, the delicacy and strength, the senses of both vulnerability and durability, of one of Spark’s favourites, Proust’s In Search of Lost Time’ – Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, writing in The National

‘a highly personal and often amusing new book about [Spark and Taylor’s] friendship’ – Marianne Taylor, Herald

'a warm, gossipy and rounded picture of a woman who didn’t take many prisoners. As a biography it has the merit of both revealing a very private woman and also reigniting interest in Muriel Spark’s work – an ideal introduction for the anniversary year’ – Sue Baker, LoveReading.co.uk

This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. This colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscrete and admiring memoir charts the course of Muriel Spark’s life revealing her as she really was. Once, she commented sitting over a glass of chianti at the kitchen table, that she was upset that the academic whom she had appointed her official biographer did not appear to think that she had ever cracked a joke in her life. Alan Taylor here sets the record straight about this and many other things.

With sources ranging from notebooks kept from his very first encounter with Muriel and the hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years, this is an invaluable portrait of one of Edinburgh’s premiere novelists. The book will be published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel’s birth in 2018.

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).

Muriel Spark D.B.E, C.LITT. was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet and novelist, she wrote short stories, radio plays, children’s books, reviews and essays, as well as critical biographies of nineteenth-century literary figures including Emily Brontë and Mary Shelley. She died in 2006.






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