A major twentieth-century writer and an extraordinary and unique talent: her gifts were unusual—a piercing eye; an acute ear; an incisive, often caustic wit; a voice so distinctive; and a style so inimitable.

The Chicago Tribune

Celebrate the immortal Muriel Spark’s hundredth birthday by imbibing a delicious glass of her bubbly wit

A Good Comb

Nonfiction by Muriel Spark

A Good Comb, a small gift edition of Muriel Spark’s brilliant asides, sayings, and aphorisms, is a book for sheer enjoyment. No writer offers such lively, pointed, puckish insights: “Neurotics are awfully quick to notice other people’s mentalities.” “It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.” “The sacrifice of pleasure is of course itself a pleasure.” “It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist.” “She wasn’t a person to whom things happen.” “You look for one thing and you find another.” “It calms you down, a good comb.”

Her scope is great and her striking insights are precise and unforgettable. This book will entertain you—it will even help you live your life. Drink in the pleasures of this little volume along with the benefits of taking up such advice as “Never make excuses but if you must, never make more than one—it gives the appearance of insincerity.

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Paperback (published January 30, 2018)

ISBN
9780811227605
Price US
11.95
Price CN
15.95
Trim Size
5 x 7
Page Count
96
ISBN
9780811227612

Muriel Spark

20th century Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

A major twentieth-century writer and an extraordinary and unique talent: her gifts were unusual—a piercing eye; an acute ear; an incisive, often caustic wit; a voice so distinctive; and a style so inimitable.

The Chicago Tribune

Surely the most engaging, most tantalizing writer we have.

—Frank Kermode, The London Review of Books

The most original and innovative British novelist.

New York Review of Books

A wonderful writer.

—James Wood