Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is to be made available in e-book for the first time in the UK, as part of a deal with Canongate.
Louisa Joyner, editorial director of fiction at Canongate, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and eight other works by Spark in a deal with Georgia Glover at David Higham Associates on behalf of Spark’s Estate.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will only be published in digital format by Canongate, while the other eight books will be published both physically and digitally. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has been published in print by a number of publishers, including editions from Penguin, with Pan Macmillan publishing a hardback edition of the novel in 2013, and Everyman publishing the book as part of a collection in 2004.
The new deal means Spark's works The Bachelors and The Finishing School will also make their debut as e-books. Canongate will publish The Bachelors in December 2015 as part of its Canons series, with The Finishing School being published in the same series in spring 2016.
The other six novels - The Abbess of Crewe, Not to Disturb, The Only Problem, Robinson, The Takeover and Aiding and Abetting - will be published as collections in two volumes for publication in 2016 and 2017. They will be available individually as e-books in December.
Joyner said: “A colleague suggested that becoming Spark’s publisher will secure my place in publishing heaven and that’s certainly how it feels. It’s a privilege to be publishing these fine, elegant and sparkling novels and to be seeing The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in e-book for the first time in the UK is really exciting. A modern format for a thoroughly modern writer.”
Jenny Todd, Canongate publisher, said: “Muriel Spark is every publisher’s dream, and I couldn’t be more delighted that Canongate is bringing her back home to Edinburgh with this exciting series of publications.”
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will be released as a £7.49 e-book on 6th August.