• 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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