The Driver's Seat

The Driver's Seat

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/04/2006
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Described as 'a metaphysical shocker' at the time of its release, Muriel Sparks' The Driver's Seat is a taut psychological thriller, published with an introduction by John Lanchester in Penguin Modern Classics. Lise has been driven to distraction by working in the same accountants' office for sixteen years. So she leaves everything behind her, transforms herself into a laughing, garishly-dressed temptress and flies abroad on the holiday of a lifetime. But her search for adventure, sex and new experiences takes on a far darker significance as she heads on a journey of self-destruction. Infinity and eternity attend Lise's last terrible day in an unnamed southern city, as she meets her fate. One of six novels to be nominated for a 'Lost Man Booker Prize', The Driver's Seat was adapted into a 1974 film, Identikit, starring Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141188348
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Weight: 100g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm

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The Driver's Seat
Crime writing with a difference
Only a short book, so perfect for a commute or a lunch break. Very well written and although from the beginning you are away of her planning a crime, you a... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Driver's Seat
An inside out crime, a novella that doesn't pull its punches
Spark's story is of Lise, the woman in bright colours, who is looking for someone, a man, on her trip to the South. Peppered in the prose are nods to the f... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
The Driver's Seat
Wacky and delightful
I bought this book as it was my local Waterstones' (Grimsby store) book club, book of the month (for April). I was intrigued by the tantilizing blurb and ... READ MORE
Alexandra Norman
The Driver's Seat
'It's a whydunit in Q sharp major' - genius!
Muriel Spark's reinvention of the traditional crime narrative is nothing short of brilliance! 'The Driver's Seat subverts the whodunit and opts for a whydu... READ MORE
Katherine Hastings
The Driver's Seat
Spark has a novel that truely sparkles!!
Started to read on Sunday finished it by Monday night. Found this star of a book difficult to put down. Totally spellbinding from start to finish. This is ... READ MORE