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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Miss Brodie is a mighty woman, forcefully politically incorrect, an individualist. Her glamour, freethinking ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy. Her colleagues long to see the back of her. Miss Brodie confounds all their attempts until betrayed by one of her girls, raised to bite the hand that fed her. This is a novel about nonconformity and spiritual pride and the nastiness of mankind.
Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh.

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