A Year of Spark - Bold Publishing Programme to mark the Centenary of Muriel Spark's birth

2018 is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth. One of the great writers of the 20th century, all 22 of her novels will be re-published by Scottish publisher Polygon in a bold publishing programme, A Year of Spark. That year will start off in November 2017 with publication of Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor. Alan knew Muriel for more than 20 years and travelled extensively with her for author appearances, talks and meetings in America, Europe and here in Scotland when she returned for an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2004. He took his family to holiday in her home in Tuscany and became a close friend. His memoir will be published to mark the start of The Year of Spark.

The 22 novels by Muriel Spark will be re-published in beautiful hardback editions between November 2017 and September 2019. Each book will be introduced by a well know writer and carry a preface by series editor, Alan Taylor.
The Comforters (1957)
Robinson (1958)
Memento Mori (1959)
The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960)
The Bachelors (1960)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)
The Girls of Slender Means (1963)
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965)
The Public Image (1968, shortlisted for Booker Prize)
The Driver’s Seat (1970)
Not To Disturb (1971)
The Hothouse by the East River (1973)
The Abbess of Crewe (1974)
The Takeover (1976)
Territorial Rights (1979)
Loitering with Intent (1981, shortlisted for Booker Prize)
The Only Problem (1984)
A Far Cry From Kensington (1988)
Symposium (1990)
Reality and Dreams (1996)
Aiding and Abetting (2000)
The Finishing School (2004)

From the Library – Orkney Library talks to the Scottish Review of Books

In Celebration of Libraries Week 2017, Scottish Review of Books talks to Louise Graham and the staff of Orkney Library about what makes their library tick

A Year of Spark - Bold Publishing Programme to mark the Centenary of Muriel Spark's birth

2018 is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth. One of the great writers of the 20th century, all 22 of her novels will be re-published by Polygon in a bold publishing move, A Year of Spark.

Independent Bookshops - Alexander McCall Smith

In the run up to Bookshop Day – 7 October 2017 – Alexander McCall Smith talks about the joy to be found within your local bookshop.