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Muriel Spark and Peckham
November 4, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm£3 – £28
Launching Between the Lines: part discovery of engaging writing, part discovery of place, and part discovery of the writers. Call it a ‘Book Club on foot’ if you like, in which we invite you to read a book and join us to walk “Between the Lines”.
It is 100 years since the birth of Dame Muriel Spark, acclaimed Scottish author, poet, literary critic and biographer – knighted for her contribution to British literature. The adaption for theatre and film of her novel “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” brought her considerable celebrity. This one novel caused several of her other works to be overshadowed, and yet critics have claimed that other novels are as powerful, even, of better quality. One such is “The Ballad of Peckham Rye” written before The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, set in Peckham, south east London, it is a sharp observation of the social mores and working practices of the 1950s, as we follow ‘normal people’ going about their lives. 1950s Peckham leaps from the pages. Many of the locations in the novel still persist, others didn’t survive war or reconstruction, others are pure fantasy – our route will encompass many of these.