Monday, February 08, 2016

Sebastian Faulks's six favorite books

Sebastian Faulks's novels include Birdsong, Human Traces, Charlotte Gray, and In Where My Heart Used To Beat. One of his six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Spark's most famous novel is justly celebrated for the cunning way it tells its tale from different angles. Jean Brodie, a charismatic schoolteacher, has a powerful grip on her credulous teenage pupils. The extent of her dangerous self-deceit is laid bare with cruel humor and precision.
Read about another book on the list.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is among Stuart Husband's top ten fictional teachers, Rachel Cooke's top ten spinsters, Karin Altenberg's top ten books about betrayal, Megan Abbott's five most dangerous mentors in fiction, the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on teaching and learning and Ian Rankin's six best books. Miss Jean Brodie is one of John Mullan's ten best teachers in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue