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Symposium

Symposium

‘The greatest Scottish novelist of modern times . . . She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent – the crème de la crème.’ Ian Rankin

One October evening five London couples gather for a dinner party, enjoying ‘the pheasant (flambe in cognac as it is)’ and waiting for the imminent arrival of the late-coming guest Hilda Damien, who has been unavoidably detained due to the fact that she is being murdered at this very moment.

With an introduction by Ian Rankin.

Symposium is Muriel Spark – one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century and author of classics including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – at her wicked best.

‘A rich, heady, disturbing brew.’ Lorna Sage

‘Extremely clever and highly entertaining.’ Penelope Lively

‘Stiletto-sharp fiction.’ Alan Taylor, Scotland on Sunday
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)

On Sale: 7th September 2006

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781844082476

Reviews

This is the story of a dinner party, a knot of people with pasts and connections which at first seem few but are later found to be many ... The prevailing mood is urbane: the wine is poured, the talk continues, and all the time the ice on which the protagonist s' world rests is being thinned from beneath by boiling emotions and ugly motives ... No living writer handles the tension between formality of expression and the subversiveness of thought more elegantly
Candia McWilliam, Independent on Sunday
Extremely clever and highly entertaining ... A young bride is seen to have been connected, apparently by chance, with a sequence of untimely deaths ... Symposium is put together like an intricate jigsaw puzzle
Penelope Lively
The greatest Scottish novelist of modern times . . . She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the crème de la crème
Ian Rankin
Stiletto-sharp fiction...as in the bitter confections of Ivy Compton-Burnett, it is the dialogue that propels this dangerous, devilish book
Alan Taylor, Scotland on Sunday