Jacket for 'Iris: The Life of Iris Murdoch'


UK - HarperCollins
US - WW Norton
Germany - Franz Deuticke
Greece - Hadjinicoli

Iris: The Life of Iris Murdoch

By Peter Conradi

Published Jan 2010

Since her death in 1999, Iris Murdoch has begun to fascinate a new generation of readers interested in her novels, philosophy, and in the relationship between her work and her life.

Conradi has uncovered and worked from much new material, including Murdoch’s premarital affairs with various men and women, notably Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti. He reveals that, contrary to Murdoch’s reputation as a cold, bourgeois intellectual, she lived as passionately as she wrote. Conradi’s work is already regarded as the standard, authorized biography of one of the most important novelists and thinkers of the twentieth century.

Named as Best Book of the Year in the Sunday Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard, Scotsman, and Washington Post.