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The Public Image

The Public Image

By Muriel Spark

Published by Macmillan

Spark chooses Rome, ‘the motherland of sensation,’ for the setting of her story about movie star Annabel Christopher (known to her adoring fans as ‘The English Lady-Tiger’), who has made the fatal mistake of believing in her public image. This error and her embittered husband, an unsuccessful actor, catch up with her. Her final act is only the first shocking climax—further surprises await.