The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
In BriefA charismatic teacher in 1930s Edinburgh cultivates a powerful influence over her pupils that endures long after they leave her classroom. Jean Brodie inspires her girls and broadens their minds, but her influence grows unhealthy when she shares with them her admiration for fascism.
Why you should read itChosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels since 1923, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will entertain and amuse, whilst also prompting reflection on the nature of charisma and the mysterious forces that shape young minds and personalities.