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Polygon announces the Muriel Spark Centenary Editions

Polygon announces the Muriel Spark Centenary Editions
18 September 2017
A bold and fitting centenary celebration of the life and work of one of the world’s great writers, Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark is undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s great writers. Best known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, all of her fiction deserves to be read and re-read. Polygon announced today that they will republish all 22 of her novels in attractive hardback editions to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth, placing her books at the heart of the programme of national celebrations.

Each of the 22 novels will be published in a striking and collectable hardback Centenary Edition, carrying a series preface by editor Alan Taylor and an introduction by such well-known writers or critics as Ali Smith, William Boyd, Alexander McCall Smith, Candia McWilliam, James Wood, Andrew O’Hagan, Joseph Kanon, Zoe Strachan, Allan Massie, Kapka Kassabova, Dan Gunn and Richard Holloway.

The first four novels – The Comforters, Robinson, Memento Mori, and The Ballad of Peckham Rye – will be published in November 2017. A Far Cry From Kensington will be released early in January, with the next four – The Bachelors, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Mandelbaum Gate – on the anniversary itself, February 1, 2018. The remainder will be published over the course of the following six months, finishing in September 2018.

Polygon will also publish Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor in November 2017 – an intimate memoir of time spent with Muriel. Full of anecdotes and indiscretions, this book charts the course of Muriel Spark’s life revealing her as she really was – a funny, charming, intelligent and warm-hearted woman.

Often referred to as ‘the writer’s writer’, Spark’s work has garnered acclaim around the globe:
“[Spark] has written some things that seem likely to go on being read as long as fiction in English is read at all.” – New York Times Book Review

“The greatest Scottish novelist of modern times . . . my admiration for Spark's contribution to literature knows no bounds” – Ian Rankin

“Some of [Spark's] finest fictions are novellas rather than novels, short enough to be read in a single dizzying sitting." ­– David Lodge

This is the full list of titles, their publication dates and price:

1. The Comforters, introduced by Allan Massie, published 2 November 2017, £9.99
2. Robinson, introduced by Candia McWilliam, published 2 November 2017, £9.99
3. Memento Mori, introduced by Zoë Strachan, published 2 November 2017, £9.99
4. The Ballad of Peckham Rye, introduced by Ronald Frame, published 2 November 2017, £9.99
5. The Bachelors, introduced by James Campbell, published 1 February 2018, £9.99
6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, introduced by Alan Taylor, published 1 February 2018, £9.99
7. The Girls of Slender Means, introduced by Rosemary Goring, published 1 February 2018, £9.99
8. The Mandelbaum Gate, introduced by Gabriel Josipovici, published 1 February 2018, £9.99
9. The Public Image, introduced by Lucy Ellman, published 5 April 2018, £9.99
10. The Driver’s Seat, introduced by Andrew O’Hagan, published 5 April 2018, £9.99
11. Not to Disturb, introduced by Dan Gunn, published 3 May 2018, £9.99
12. The Hothouse by the East River, introduced by Ian Rankin, published 3 May 2018, £9.99
13. The Abbess of Crewe, introduced by Ali Smith, published 7 June 2018, £9.99
14. The Takeover, introduced by Brian Morton, published 7 June 2018, £9.99
15. Territorial Rights, introduced by Kapka Kassabova, published 5 July 2018, £9.99
16. Loitering with Intent, introduced by Joseph Kanon, published 5 July 2018, £9.99
17. The Only Problem, introduced by Richard Holloway, published 2 August 2018, £9.99
18. A Far Cry from Kensington, introduced by William Boyd, published 4 January 2018, £9.99
19. Symposium, introduced by Alexander McCall Smith, published 2 August 2018, £9.99
20. Reality and Dreams, introduced by Kirsty Gunn, published 6 September 2018, £9.99
21. Aiding and Abetting, introduced by Louise Welsh, published 6 September 2018, £9.99
22. The Finishing School, introduced by Jackie Kay, published 6 September 2018, £9.99