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.
"Murdoch is at the height of her powers in this novel, combining a complex plot with a heartrending analysis of the meaning of love"
"The best all-round novel that I’ve read. It’s a brilliant crime novel and a love story that’s beautifully written"
"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"
"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"
"Iris Murdoch's marvellous, heroic novel...A gloriously rich tale"
With a bank holiday approaching and no open pubs in sight, Rob Crossan rounds up the finest literary ones to indulge in, instead.
Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. To celebrate the centenary of her birth, here's our guide to help you pick which Murdoch book to read first – or last!