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Muriel Spark
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The Bachelors

Muriel Spark



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


240 pages

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In Muriel Spark's fifth novel, a group of thirty-something bachelors - a barrister, a teacher, a journalist, a museum attendant, a graphologist whose career has been ruined by epilepsy, a man obsessed with sex but riddled with religious guilt - roam around contentedly chatting in their London clubs. But soon enough, the men are variously tormented - defrauded or stolen from; blackmailed or pressed to attend horrid seances. Patrick Seton, blackmailer, extortionist and supposed medium, plunges these men into the nastiest of lawsuits when he is accused of defrauding a widow out of her life savings. And as he faces his upcoming trial, he begins to gleefully plot the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

By:   Muriel Spark
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main - Canons Edition
Volume:   41
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   164g
ISBN:   9781782117551
ISBN 10:   1782117555
Series:   Canons
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   January 2016
Recommended Age:   From 0 to 0 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Muriel Spark, DBE, C.Litt., was born in Edinburgh in 1918 and educated in Scotland. A poet and novelist, she also wrote children's books, radio plays, the comedy Doctors of Philosophy and biographies of nineteenth-century literary figures, including Mary Shelley and Emily Bronte. Muriel Spark has garnered international praise and many awards, including the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Ingersoll T.S. Eliot Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Boccaccio Prize for European Literature, the Gold Pen Award, the first Enlightenment Award and the Italia Prize for dramatic radio. She died in 2006.

* I am dazzled by The Bachelors. It is the cleverest and most elegant of all Mrs Spark's clever and elegant books -- EVELYN WAUGH * My admiration for Spark's contribution to world literature knows no bounds. She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the creme de la creme -- IAN RANKIN * Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive -- JOHN UPDIKE New Yorker * The care with which she uses words is matched by a gloriously carefree attitude. It's all part of her sanity, her breezy authorial self-confidence; and because of this I think that reading a blast of her prose every morning is a far more restorative way to start a day than a shot of espresso Daily Telegraph * A wholly original presence in modern literature -- ANDREW MOTION * A profoundly serious comic writer whose wit advances, never undermines or diminishes, her ideas New York Times Book Review * She has a receptive and wholly distinctive genius -- A N WILSON Spectator * Spark is a natural, a paradigm of that rare sort of artist from whom work of the highest quality flows as elementally as current through a circuit New Yorker

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