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  The Sea, the Sea Although this book is overly long and not perfectly structured, it makes up for these deficiencies by a degree of passion and intellect sorely missing from much contemporary fiction. The novel concerns a retired theater director who moves to the seashore in order to contemplate his life. He recalls... Read more

  Under the Net Her first novel - and one of her best
Iris Murdoch's first novel, Under the Net, follows the story of a young English writer, to lazy and afraid to write anything original, who subsists on translating trash French fiction and survives on the charity of friends. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that it consists of a... Read more

  The Black Prince Perhaps some of the characters are a bit prolix but this is not necessarily a defeat is it? And thank God Murdoch was no Dostoesvsky, should she have been? I think one was quite enough. Bradley Pearson is a pleasant, at least pleasantly readable, incarnation of some of... Read more

  A Severed Head Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover all at the same time. But when his wife suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. Read more

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