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The Ballad of Peckham Rye (New Directions Classic)

Muriel Spark


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/27/2009)
Paperback (5/27/2014)
Analog Audio Cassette (3/1/2005)
Compact Disc (3/1/2005)
MP3 CD (2/1/2010)
Compact Disc (3/1/2013)
Compact Disc (2/1/2010)


The Ballad of Peckham Rye is the wickedly farcical fable of a blue-collar town turned upside down. When the firm of Meadows, Meade & Grindley hires Dougal Douglas to do "human research" into the private lives of its workforce, they are in no way prepared for the mayhem, mutiny, and murder he will stir up. "Not only funny but startlingly original," declared The Washington Post, "the legendary character of Dougal Douglas . . . may not have been boasting when he referred so blithely to his association with the devil."

New Directions, 9780811214087

Publication Date: May 17, 1999

About the Author

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was the author of dozens of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver’s Seat, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.