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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | Muriel Spark
In 1930s Edinburgh, six impressionable school girls find themselves tutored by an energetic new teacher with an unconventional approach.
The Canongate, the Grassmarket, the Lawnmarket - Miss Brodie and her pupils take a walk through the vibrant thoroughfares of Edinburgh’s ancient heart, arriving at Chambers Street, where you can check out the collections of the Museum of Scotland. Don’t forget the historic splendour of the Royal Mile and the palace at Holyrood, a visit to which is recalled by schoolgirl Sandy early in the novel. For literary-themed refreshment, book a sumptuous afternoon tea at the Signet Library within Parliament House - one of the city’s finest Georgian buildings. The National Library of Scotland, just next door, recently launched a campaign to open Muriel Spark’s personal archive to the public.
Established in the early 1560s, this city-centre graveyard is one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most atmospheric spots and features prominently in the 1969 film adaptation. As well as being the long-term residence of a number of Edinburgh’s great and good, the Kirkyard is renowned for the story of Greyfriars Bobby - a dog that reportedly spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner.
  • Maggie Smith, famous to contemporary audiences for her roles in "Downton Abbey" and the "Harry Potter" films, won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for her star turn as Miss Brodie. A stage adaptation preceded the film, with Vanessa Redgrave in the lead role.
  • The book’s narrative is unusual, with the past, present and future running in parallel. This allows Spark to add depth to her characters and set up the initial intrigue of the novel - which of the girls will betray Miss Brodie?
  • The novel remains well regarded to this day; in 2010, Time magazine named it one of the 100 best English language novels since 1923.
The Edinburgh Larder is a charming café on Blackfriars Street that serves a variety of dishes made with locally sourced produce, with an enticing bistro menu and a particular skill for coffee. Just moments from the rush of the Royal Mile, it’s the perfect spot to relax and read.
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