Muriel Spark in prime form: one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d'esprit."How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world," as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advanceâor poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? "A delicious conundrum," The New Statesman called Loitering with Intent.
About: In mid-twentieth-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egoists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives.
About: In mid-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egotists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives
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