• "Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour"

    The Times
  • "Iris Murdoch was one of the best and most influential writers of the twentieth century"

  • "Irish Murdoch's most versitile novel, and chief among them is the pleasure which the authors take in her characters"

    Country Life
  • "Just as Jane Austen defines moral categories like "sense" and "sensibility" in her novels, so Iris Murdoch creates new constellations of meaning around those stand-bys of ordinary language, the nice and the good"