One of Muriel Spark’s most accomplished moral fables or puzzles: it provides considerable insight and wit, and no easy answers.

—A.S. Byatt

Where does art start or reality end?

Loitering with Intent

Fiction by Muriel Spark

Happily loitering in London with the intent of gathering material for her writing, Fleur Talbot finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world” at the very peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs writing their memoirs in advance — or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? When the association’s pompous director steals Fleur’s manuscript, fiction begins to appropriate life in this darkly comedic delight.

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Page Count
224

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9780811214742
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Muriel Spark

20th century Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

One of Muriel Spark’s most accomplished moral fables or puzzles: it provides considerable insight and wit, and no easy answers.

—A.S. Byatt

The most intensely Sparkian of her books.

The Listener

Lyrical, joyous, and formally perfect.

The Guardian

One of Spark’s very best novels—funny and clever and surprising.

The New Republic

I found it a delight from start to finish—funny, unexpected and compulsively readable—a strange, immensely enjoyable novel.

—Auberon Waugh, Daily Mail

A delicious conundrum

—*The New Statesman *

This literary joyride is thoroughly appealing.

Publishers Weekly

A delirium of delight: robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one.

The New York Times Book Review

Unsurpassable.

The Times Literary Supplement

I read this book in a delirium of delight. In Loitering with Intent, Miss Spark returns to the early flawless form of Memento Mori and The Comforters robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliant mischievous one.

New York Times