Muriel Spark

The Girls Of Slender Means
  • The Girls Of Slender Means

  • 'It never really occurred to her that literary men, if they like women at all, do not want literary women but girls.'

    The May of Teck Club 'exists for the Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty Years'. Nevertheless, and though there is a war on, they find the time between elocution lessons to jostle one another over suitors (some more suitable than others) and a single Schiaparelli gown. But can a love of literature, fine clothes and amorous young men save these young ladies from the horrors of the real world?

    'Unsettling and exhilarating' William Boyd, Daily Telegraph

    'An enduring genius' Guardian

Muriel Spark has written poetry, stories, and biographies as well as her remarkable series of novels. She is an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and in 1993 was created OBE. A native of Scotland, she now lives in Italy.

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