Andrew Crumey argues in the weekend’s Scotsman that the book is far from Ms. Spark’s best:
Sparkâ€™s lasting reputation is beyond question. But pardon me if I fail to bow before her latest production.
The only really positive thing I can say about The Finishing School is that I enjoyed its first page, and was never bored during the remaining 154, since I was propelled by the conviction that something interesting would surely happen eventually. I was wrong.