Paperback The girls of slender means / Muriel Spark.
Publication year: 2020
Publisher: UK : Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 0241989124 9780241989128 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Macmillan, 1963.
In a Kensington hostel towards the end of World War 2, a group of well-bred, but impecunious young women, are leading lives of ritual femininity. All is well until their interlude of innocence is destroyed by the horror of the times. 'It never really occurred to her that literary men, if they like women at all, do not want literary women but girls.'The May of Teck Club 'exists for the Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty Years'. Nevertheless, and though there is a war on, they find the time between elocution lessons to jostle one another over suitors (some more suitable than others) and a single Schiaparelli gown. But can a love of literature, fine clothes and amorous young men save these young ladies from the horrors of the real world?'Unsettling and exhilarating' William Boyd, Daily Telegraph 'An enduring genius' Guardian
Series title: Penguin essentials
141 pages ; 18 cm.