The Black Prince (Penguin Classics)

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A novel in which an elderly writer with a block, surrounded by predatory friends and relations, seeks to escape, but his failure to do so and its aftermath lead to a violent climax. From the author of THE SEA, THE SEA and THE BELL.

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"Murdoch is at the height of her powers in this novel, combining a complex plot with a heartrending analysis of the meaning of love" ( Good Book Guide)

"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" ( Spectator)

"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" ( Daily Mail)

"Iris Murdoch's marvellous, heroic novel...A gloriously rich tale" ( The Times)

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It is witty and wise and provocative...brilliantly good' Evening Standard

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