Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty.
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. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.
"Her novels evoked beautifully the atmosphere of the country
gardens (The Bell, 1958) or the mysterious London streets (The Time
of the Angels, 1968) in which they were set, with their characters
engaged in intriguing love relationships, from the totally innocent
to the wholly weird." * The Times *
"Iris Murdoch really knows how to write, can tell a story, delineate a character, catch an atmosphere with deadly accuracy" -- John Betjeman
"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" * Sunday Times *
"A distinguished novelist of a rare kind" -- Kingsley Amis
"A tragi-comic masterpiece... A magnificent novel" -- Susan Hill * The Lady *