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Iris Murdoch Special

On the centenary of her birth, Open Book celebrates the novels of Iris Murdoch

Over the course of 26 novels including the Booker winner The Sea, the Sea, as well as The Bell, Under the Net and The Black Prince, Iris Murdoch wrote about art, philosophy and morality with the page turning skill of a thriller writer. In this special episode of Open Book, celebrating her centenary, Mariella Frostrup and guests dive into the world of her novels.

Mariella is joined in studio by biographer and friend Peter J Conradi, fellow novelist and fan Charlotte Mendelson, Anne Rowe, founder of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre, and Gary Browning, author of new book Why Iris Murdoch Matters.

And the food writer Kate Young examines the idiosyncratic food to be found in the pages of Murdoch's novels.

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28 minutes


  • Sun 14 Jul 2019 16:00
  • Thu 18 Jul 2019 15:30

This Week's Book List

This Week's Book List

Read along with us - a list of books discussed in each programme