Conquests, Catastrophe and Recovery: Britain and Ireland 1066–1485

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Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919. She read Classics at Somerville College, Oxford, and after working in the Treasury and abroad, was awarded a research studentship in philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1948 she returned to Oxford as fellow and tutor at St Anne’s College and later taught at the Royal College of Art. Until her death in 1999, she lived in Oxford with her husband, the academic and critic, John Bayley. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1987 and in the 1997 PEN Awards received the Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature.

Iris Murdoch made her writing debut in 1954 with Under the Net. Her twenty-six novels include the Booker prize-winning The Sea, The Sea (1978), the James Tait Black Memorial prize-winning The Black Prince (1973) and the Whitbread prize-winning The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974). Her philosophy includes Sartre: Romantic Rationalist (1953) and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (1992); other philosophical writings, including The Sovereignty of Good (1970), are collected in Existentialists and Mystics (1997).

Books by Iris Murdoch

Books: 31
The Sea, The Sea

A designer Vintage Classics edition, published in association with the Victoria and ...

Under The Net

The debut novel from one of the most remarkable writers of the 20th century.


Iris Murdoch's unique study of one of the 20th century's foremost thinkers

The Black Prince

'It is witty and wise and provocative...brilliantly good' Evening Standard

The Bell

Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and ...

The Book And The Brotherhood

A highlight amongst Murdoch's novels, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Metaphysics As A Guide To Morals

'Iris Murdoch has written a book which concerns all of us as human beings. There ...

An Accidental Man

'Of the novelists who have made their bow since the war she seems to me to be the ...

The Sacred And Profane Love Machine

'Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour' The ...

The Sandcastle

A married schoolmaster and young painter must choose between love, duty and ambition ...

Books: 31