The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark
Illustrated by Beryl Cook

The glamorous, unconventional fascist Miss Jean Brodie in Muriel Spark's classic novel is brought vividly to life with illustrations by Beryl Cook

She thinks she is Providence, thought Sandy, she thinks she is the God of Calvin

A teacher in an Edinburgh girls’ day school during the 1930s, Jean Brodie disdains the banality of a conventional education, preferring to instil in her young charges (the crème de la crème) her own passion for paintings, music, men and all things Italian – including Il Duce. Things go horribly awry, however, when Miss Brodie and her politics are betrayed to the headmistress – and by one of her own ’set’. But which one? And why? In this very funny novel of innocence and experience, where secrets are a commodity to be traded, there is genuine pathos as well as comedy.

This beautiful large-format edition contains specially commissioned illustrations by Beryl Cook, OBE, including a double-page spread. One of the most popular artists of the 20th century, Cook was entirely self-taught, and she perfectly captures the airs and graces of ’the Brodie set’.

Bound in cloth blocked with a repeating motif by Peter Forster

Set in Century Schoolbook with Monotype Script display

160 pages

Frontispiece and 5 colour illustrations, including 1 double-page spread

Plain slipcase

11˝ x 7¼˝

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