This is one of my favorite books, morbid but wickedly funny in a very British way. My copy is a keeper, I like to reread it every few years, but if you see it come available here, I recommend grabbing it, quick. The plot revolves around the doings in a British boarding house where the narrator lives, and also the failing publishing company where she works. If you've ever worked for a company that was on the verge of going bankrupt, you'll enjoy the descriptions of the office.
Muriel Spark speaks intimately to the reader, it's as if your best friend was writing you a letter(if your best friend was a fantastic writer). Her novels have won lots of prizes in England, and they are all short fun reads, if you like dry, slightly twisted humor.