Loitering with Intent

  • by Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world", as secretary to the odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance, or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself had already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end?

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What the Critics Say

"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 brilliantly mischievous one." (The New York Times Book Review)

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One of her best

Muriel Spark's Novels never fail to amuse and enrich the reader or listener in so many interesting and lively ways .This particular story is awash with sound common sense and intellectually stimulating cleverness . Read with just the right amount of zest and understanding .
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- jacqueline jenkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.