ISBN 9780797492578
Pages 76
Dimensions 178mm x 108mm
Published 2018
Publisher amabooks Publishers, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback


Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo

by Shane Strachan

August 1937: Nineteen-year-old Muriel Spark is making her way from Edinburgh to Southern Rhodesia in search of a new life with her husband-to-be. What she discovers is a country of divides, the sharpest between husband and wife. When the world goes to war around her, she must find and follow her literary destiny to survive.

November 2016: Duncan, a young Scottish doctor from Aberdeen, unknowingly traces Spark’s steps in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and similarly faces up to the reality of life in the edge.

Nevertheless is a series of short fictions published in celebration of Muriel Spark’s centenary in 2018, with support from Creative Scotland. Best known as the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Dame Muriel Spark was a poet, writer of fiction, criticism and literary biography, and was at the top of her profession, internationally, for more than half a century.

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About the Author

Shane Strachan

Shane Strachan lives and writes in the Northeast of Scotland. His work has appeared in New Writing Scotland, Stand, Gutter and Northwords Now among others, and he has staged theatre work with the National Theatre of Scotland and Paines Plough. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen and has run creative projects in Scotland, Germany and Zimbabwe. In 2018, he is one of Scottish Book Trust's Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows.

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