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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Alan Taylor

Ep. 11

Muriel Spark in Edinburgh. The journalist Alan Taylor joins the Brodie set on a walk around Edinburgh with Henry. They discuss The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, visiting the site of James Gillespie’s High School (Spark’s alma mater and the model for Marcia Blaine school in the novel), as well as her childhood home on Bruntsfield Place and tracing the route taken by Miss Brodie and her girls across the Meadows and through the Grassmarket, Lawnmarket and the High Street.

 

Penguin Modern Classics edition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/56927/the-prime-of-miss-jean-brodie/9780141181424.html

 

Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor

https://birlinn.co.uk/product/appointment-in-arezzo-2/

 

Alan Taylor

https://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/contributors/alan-taylor/

 

Muriel Spark Centenary Editions (Polygon)

https://birlinn.co.uk/muriel-spark/

 

James Gillespie’s High School

https://www.jamesgillespies.co.uk/

 

Curriculum Vitae by Muriel Spark

https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781847771025

 

Canongate audiobook of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, read by Miriam Margolyes

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Prime-of-Miss-Jean-Brodie-Audiobook/B006K4FPGE

 

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