• "It's easy to dismiss Murdoch; she was a clever woman, after all – frumpy, odd, middle-class. What could she know of life? But read her, then tell me: who knew the human heart better?"

    Charlotte Mendelson, Guardian
  • "The most important novelist writing in my time"

    A.S. Byatt
  • "Above all, she was a consummate story-teller, prodigiously inventive and generous, in the realist tradition of Dickens, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky"

  • "She could describe the ordinary and make it magical"

  • "Her art was expansive, non-autobiographical and insistently inventive"

    Daily Telegraph

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