Author: Aunty Muriel

Ghost Stories Part IV (a): Muriel Spark’s ‘The Portobello Road’

I posted previously about a ghostly I-narrator in Spark’s The Girl I Left Behind Me, and in The Portobello Road we have another I-narrator ghost, but in this story the murder victim haunts her murderer. This was one of Muriel Spark’s favourite short stories, along with The Executor. The Portobello Road tells the story of…

People are very funny about books

  Me reading a book while on holiday in the Norfolk Broads a couple of years ago People are very funny about books – funny peculiar, that is, rather than funny ha-ha. For example, the last time I bought a bookcase, the retail assistant informed me that the smaller compartments in the particular case I…