'This swift, elegant, disturbing novel...stands at the extreme of contemporary fiction' ...
A 'wonderfully entertaining' novel (The Times) from Man Booker Prize-winner Julian ...
The debut novel from one of the most remarkable writers of the 20th century.
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Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures. Jake is captivated by a majestic philosopher, Hugo Belfounder, whose profound and inconclusive reflections give the book its title - under the net of language.
Under the Net announces the emergence of a brilliant talent
Times Literary Supplement
Of all the novelists that have made their bow since the war she seems to me to be the most remarkable-behind her books one feels a power of intellect quite exceptional in a novelist
A dazzling story, light and comic in touch
Iris Murdoch has imposed her alternative world on us as surely as Christopher Columbus or Graham Greene
This is a comedy with that touch of ferocity about it which makes for excitement
Elizabeth Jane Howard,
Immensely readable-Miss Murdoch is blessedly clever without any of the aridity which, for some reason, that word is supposed to imply
Under the Net is a winner, a thoroughly accomplished first novel...Miss Murdoch's control of her material is completely assured. She is a distinguished novelist of a rare kind
Kingsley Amis, Spectator
A very very entertaining novel from Murdoch, loved Mister Mars - what a cute dog in the book, why this funny book never got sold to do movie adaptions?
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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 ...