Muriel Spark

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Top 10 novels about office jobs | Caroline Corcoran
The places where half of waking life unfolds for many people aren’t famous settings for drama, but writers from Muriel Spark to Dave Eggers show why they should be

Caroline Corcoran

25, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Top 10 novels that interrupt time | Ross Raisin
Most stories adhere to linear plots, but a select few – by authors from Martin Amis to Muriel Spark and Toni Morrison – respin the cogs to unforgettable effect

Ross Raisin

07, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and carefully encouraged scandals
The long read: Its knack for creating tension and controversy has helped it remain an energising force in publishing for more than 50 years – but how do writers, publishers and judges cope with the annual agony of the Booker?

Charlotte Higgins

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The reputation game: how authors try to control their image from beyond the grave
The row over a new biography of Philip Roth has exposed the way agents and estates restrict access and manage archives to maintain a writer’s posthumous good name

Edward Helmore

23, May, 2021 @2:36 PM

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Top 10 mentors in fiction
From Homer to Hilary Mantel, these inspiring, sometimes ambiguous figures are a perennial flint-spark for storytelling

Benjamin Myers

04, Mar, 2020 @12:32 PM

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How to survive after Fleabag: a cultural guide
All the shows, books and even bands to seek out if you need more of a Fleabag-y fix

09, Apr, 2019 @11:50 AM

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Book clinic: what’s likely to impress an English literature admissions tutor?
Philip Hensher suggests some great novelists, from GK Chesterton to VS Naipaul, who aren’t on the curriculum

Philip Hensher

02, Feb, 2019 @5:59 PM

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Margaret Drabble: ‘Lee Child does all the things I could never do. I’m awestruck’
The novelist, biographer and critic on laughing at Muriel Spark and never reading any Harry Potter

Margaret Drabble

18, Jan, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Deborah Levy: ‘I am haunted by Alice’s white rabbit. I think I’ve met him in a London pub'
The playwright, novelist and poet on the cleverness of Muriel Spark, how Marguerite Duras influenced her and why Zora Neale Hurston is underrated

Deborah Levy

14, Dec, 2018 @9:59 AM

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Ian Rankin: ‘I couldn’t get on with War and Peace’
The crime author on why he loves comics, his early interest in taboo worlds and, with a 22nd Rebus novel out, how he keeps his famous detective fresh

Hannah Beckerman

03, Nov, 2018 @6:00 PM

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Challenged – in a good way – by Muriel Spark’s only stage play | Letters
Letters: Actor Fenella Fielding starred in the first production of the Scottish novelist’s Doctors of Philosophy, while Margaret Metcalf remembers its later staging in St Albans


10, Aug, 2018 @3:05 PM

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'A thoroughly entertaining failure': the return of Muriel Spark's mega-flop
Her savage send-up of the London intelligentsia was panned by critics. But could Doctors of Philosophy now be about to hit its prime?

Charlotte Higgins

08, Aug, 2018 @12:20 PM

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