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A compelling new novel about three generations of a family haunted by an obsessive love, from the author ...
'A carefully wrought novel-a story that is worth telling, and intriguingly told' Guardian
A designer Vintage Classics edition, published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum. The cover for The Sea, the Sea has been designed by Zandra Rhodes
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Published: 01 March 2012
Genre: Classic fiction
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOHN BURNSIDEWhen Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood sweetheart and sets his heart on destroying her marriage. His equilibrium is further disturbed when his friends all decide to come and keep him company and Charles finds his seaside idyll severely threatened by his obsessions.
Dazzlingly entertaining and inventive
There is no doubt in my mind that Iris Murdoch is one of the most important novelists now writing in English...The power of her imaginative vision, her intelligence and her awareness and revelation of human truth are quite remarkable
One of the most ambitious tours de force in many years... There are pages one races through to see what happens. She is a virtuoso at description
She was a brilliantly clever woman
Dame Judi Dench,
Funny and poignant and arguably Murdoch's finest hour
A fantastic feat of imagination as well as a marvellous sustained piece of writing
A fabulous novel...funny and poignant and is arguably Murdoch's finest hour
Gary Kemp, Daily Express
An enjoyable, thought-provoking and unforgettable novel
My favourite novel
One of the most ambitious tours de force in many years...There are pages one races through to see what happens.She is a virtuoso at description
Spying, kid-nap and much letter writing result in a curious tale that takes an unusual form
Adam Walters, Styleparla.com
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Designer Vintage Classics edition. Published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Cover design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
Designer Vintage Classics edition. Published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed by Saatchi & Saatchi.
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A powerful novel about race, conflict and love set against the politics of the late 1970s in America by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison.
Designer Vintage Classics edition. Published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Cover design by Philip Treacy.
A designer Vintage Classics edition, published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum. The End of the Affair has been designed by Sue Timney
'Virginia Woolf wanted to write about the vast unknown uncertain continent that is the world and us in it' Jeanette Winterson, from her introduction to The Waves
'When I read I Capture the Castle it immediately became one of my favourite novels of all time, and I was very annoyed that nobody had told me about it before' J.K Rowling
'A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say' Italo Calvino
Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. During the war she was an Assistant Principal at ...