25 January 2018
Stranger than fiction: Muriel Spark on the centenary of her birth recalled with affection by biographer Martin Stannard Premium
Alan Taylor’s recent Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark is an amusing and affectionate memoir. It conveys an image of her that I recognise: of the genius who was both a warm host, and someone to whom one felt one could say anything; alarmingly frank and, in this respect, frankly alarming. It also contains an image of me that I recognise: as her “biografiend”.
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