The Bachelors displays the best of Sparkian satire, placing her at the heart of a great literary tradition alongside Waugh and Trollope, Wilde and Wodehouse.
It demands rediscovery.'It's easy to see why Waugh admired The Bachelors.
On one level, it is a blithely carnivorous satire in the Waugh mould.
The bachelors of the title - almost the only men we meet in the narrative - are the thirty-something male barristers, teachers, journalists and museum attendants of a small patch of West London.
They lead inturned, doddery, superannuated lives, pottering between grocers, coffee-houses, bedsits and the houses of their mothers and aunts.
But the comedy here is serious in a way that Waugh's satanically energetic comedies of misery rarely are . . . comedies of English manners have seldom been darker' Daily Telegraph'My admiration for Spark's contribution to world literature knows no bounds.
She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the creme de la creme' Ian Rankin'Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive' John Updike, New Yorker
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/12/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781782117551