The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark. First edition (1960). First impression. Medium format hardback in fine condition. There is a previous owner inscription to front end page. There is also a slight spine lean. No other markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Ballad of Peckham Rye
“A man of devilish charm and also enterprising spirit, Dougal Douglas is employed to revitalize the ailing firm of Meadows, Meade & Grindley. He succeeds, but not quite in the way his employer intended. Strange things then begin to happen as Dougal exerts an uncanny influence on the inhabitants of Peckham Rye. He brings lies, tears, blackmail and even murder into the lives of all he meets. From Miss Merle Coverdale, head of the typing pool, to Beauty, the resident femme fatale, and even Mr Druce, the unsuspecting Managing Director himself.” – Penguin
The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a wickedly farcical tale of an English factory town turned upside-down by a Scot who may or may not be in league with the Devil. Dougal Douglas is hired to do “human research” into the lives of the workers, but Douglas stirs up mutiny and murder.
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