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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409044000
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

A Word Child




'She is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour' The Times

Hilary Burde, saved by education from a delinquent childhood, cheated out of Oxford by a tragic love tangle, cherishes his obsessive guilt and disappointment in a dull, orderly civil service job. When the man whom he has harmed and betrayed reappears as head of his department, Hilary hopes for forgiveness, even for redemption and a new life, but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetition.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409044000
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

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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Praise for A Word Child

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

She is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour

The Times

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

Philip Toynbee

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