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The Black Prince

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CANDIA MCWILLIAM

The Black Prince is both a remarkable thriller and a story about being in love.

Bradley Pearson, narrator and hero, is an elderly writer with a 'block'. Finding himself surrounded by predatory friends and relations - his ex-wife, her delinquent brother, a younger, deplorably successful writer, Arnold Baffin, Baffin's restless wife and engaging daughter - Bradley attempts to escape. His failure to do so and its aftermath lead to a violent climax and a most unexpected conclusion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 298g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099589257
  • 9780099589259
  • 142,131

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"Murdoch is at the height of her powers in this novel, combining a complex plot with a heartrending analysis of the meaning of love"
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"Murdoch is at the height of her powers in this novel, combining a complex plot with a heartrending analysis of the meaning of love" * Good Book Guide * "The best all-round novel that I've read. It's a brilliant crime novel and a love story that's beautifully written" -- Sophie Hannah * Daily Express * "A source of wonder and delight...No summary can do justice to the rich intricacy of character and incident with which Miss Murdoch crowds every page" * Spectator * "This is great Murdoch. It rings as clear as The Bell...her humour is all the more achingly funny because she keeps it on the edge of our vision" * Daily Mail * "Iris Murdoch's marvellous, heroic novel...A gloriously rich tale" * The Times *
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About 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).
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3,352 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,105)
4 38% (1,280)
3 21% (698)
2 6% (203)
1 2% (66)
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