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The Green Knight

by Iris Murdoch

Full of suspense, humor, and symbolism, this magnificently crafted and magical novel replays biblical and medieval themes in contemporary London. An attempt by the sharp, feral, and uncommonly intelligent Lucas...


A Fairly Honourable Defeat

by Iris Murdoch & Peter Reed

In a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate through a Machiavellian experiment how easily loving couples, caring friends,...


The Nice and the Good

by Iris Murdoch

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


A Severed Head

by Iris Murdoch

A novel about the frightfulness and ruthlessness of being in love

Martin Lynch-Gibson believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for...


The Sea, The Sea

Man Booker Prize 1978

by Iris Murdoch & Mary Kinzie

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor,...


Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

by Iris Murdoch

The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defend any...


The Black Prince

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction 1973

by Iris Murdoch & Martha C. Nussbaum

Bradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes. Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash...


AN Accidental Man

by Iris Murdoch

A scintillating novel of fate, accidents, and moral dilemmas

Set in the time of the Vietnam War, this story concerns the plight of a young American, happily installed in a perfect job in England, engaged to a...


The Sandcastle

by Iris Murdoch

A sparklingly profound novel about the conflict between love and loyalty

The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the...


The Bell

by Iris Murdoch & A. Byatt

A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an order of sequestered nuns. A new bell is being installed when suddenly the old bell, a legendary symbol of religion and...


The Good Apprentice

by Iris Murdoch

Edward Baltram is overwhelmed with guilt. His nasty little prank has gone horribly wrong: He has fed his closest friend a sandwich laced with a hallucinogenic drug and the young man has fallen out of a window...


Under the Net

by Iris Murdoch

A comic novel about work and love, wealth and fame

Jake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Bellfounder, silent philosopher.

Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat-hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend,...


Nuns and Soldiers

by Iris Murdoch & Karen Armstrong

Set in London and in the South of France, this brilliantly structured novel centers on two women: Gertrude Openshaw, bereft from the recent death of her husband, yet awakening to passion; and Anne Cavidge, who...


The Unicorn

by Iris Murdoch

A brilliant mythical drama about well-meaning people trapped in a war of spiritual forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a "companion" to a lovely woman in a remote castle, becomes aware that her employer is...


The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

by Iris Murdoch

Swinging between his wife and his mistress in the sacred and profane love machine and between the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, sometimes wishes he could...


Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature

by Iris Murdoch

Best known as the author of twenty-six novels, Iris Murdoch has also made significant contributions to the fields of ethics and aesthetics. Collected here for the first time in one volume are her most influential...


Jackson's Dilemma

by Iris Murdoch

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


The Sovereignty of Good

by Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch was one of the great philosophers and novelists of the twentieth century and The Sovereignty of Good is her most important and enduring philosophical work. She argues that philosophy has focused,...


The Book and the Brotherhood

by Iris Murdoch

A story about love and friendship and Marxism

Many years ago Gerard Hernshaw and his friends "commissioned" one of their number to write a political book.

Time passes and opinions change. "Why should we go on...