If you were looking for a novel that captures the popular essence of Edinburgh in the 1930s, there’s a fair chance you would light upon The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Whilst it’s possible that more people remember the film than the book, Muriel Spark’s best-known novel lives on in the collective memory.
It’s difficult to understand why yet another edition should be thought necessary; there already exists a plethora. However, this one, published by Barrington Stoke, another fixture in the Edinburgh literary scene, is slightly different. Not in terms of the text, I hasten to add. It is complete and comes to us direct from the mind and pen of Dame Muriel.
Barrington Stoke has produced a super-readable edition. This is the publisher’s own description. The weight of the paper is heavier than is usual, the typeface is one that is specially created to assist reading, the pages are yellow and the text black, the typeface is larger than normal and the spacing is generous. None of this will surprise those who know Barrington Stoke’s work.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is the fourth in a series of dyslexia-friendly classics, a relatively recent departure for the publisher and one designed to make more books more accessible to more readers. Long may it continue!