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Loitering With Intent

Muriel Spark

8 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

This extremely clever novel sees life imitating art and art imitating life.

Art, reality and the strange ways the two imitate one another are at the core of Muriel Spark's delightful Loitering with Intent, first published in 1981.
Would-be novelist Fleur Talbot works for the snooty, irascible Sir Quentin Oliver at the Autobiographical Association, whose members are all at work on their memoirs. When her employer gets his hands on Fleur's novel-in-progress, mayhem ensues when its scenes begin coming true. Generating hilarious turns of phrase and larger-than-life characters (especially Sir Quentin's batty mother), Sparks's inimitable style make this literary joyride thoroughly appealing.

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Praise for Loitering With Intent

  • The most gloriously entertaining novel since THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE - A.N. Wilson, SPECTATOR

  • I read this book in a delirium of delight...robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

  • Unflagging wit and inventiveness - TIME MAGAZINE

  • This is Muriel Spark in the splendid form of those marvellous and influential novels of her earlier career - THE TIMES

  • The most gloriously entertaining novel since THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE - A.N. Wilson, SPECTATOR

  • I read this book in a delirium of delight...robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

  • Unflagging wit and inventiveness - TIME MAGAZINE

  • This is Muriel Spark in the splendid form of those marvellous and influential novels of her earlier career - THE TIMES

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Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark, D.B.E, C. Litt, was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet and novelist, she also wrote children's books, radio plays, a comedy, 'Doctors of Philosophy', first performed in London in 1962, 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. For her long career of literary achievement, 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, the Gold Pen Award and the Italia Prize for dramatic radio. Muriel Spark was given an honorary doctorate of Letters from a number of universities, London, Edinburgh and Oxford among these. She died in 2006.

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