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- Publisher: VINTAGE
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099470489
- ISBN 13: 9780099470489
- Edition: 9000
- Edition statement: New edition.
- Sales rank: 72,870
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY A. S. BYATT. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to live with her husband in a a lay community encamped outside Imber Abbey, home to a mysterious enclosed order of nuns. Watched over by its devout director and the discreet authority of the wise old Abbess, Imber Court is a haven for lost souls seeking tranquility. But then the lost Abbey bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered, and hidden truths and desires are forced into the light.
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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