What are the best books by Iris Murdoch?

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    #1The Sea, the Sea

    The Sea, the Sea

    The Sea, the Sea is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which follows the life of retired playwright and theatre director Charles Arrowby who now lives by himself in an isolated small village. 

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    Julia Jensen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I was going on a cruise with my mother, and was found this book to immerse myself in. I was captivated by the characters in this book. I was so caught up in the twists and turns, that when I came to the last page I was stunned. I would recommend this as one of Iris Murdochs best books yet!"
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    #2Under the Net

    Under the Net

    Under the Net is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on artist Jake Donaghue after he meets philosopher Hugo Belfounder when he arrives back in London following hist trip to France. 

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    Martha Herrera
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Cool suggestion. I'm personally new to books by Iris Murdoch, but this is one I definitely want to check out. Judging by summaries found online, I'm really interested in getting to know more about the characters of Jake's ex girlfriend and her sister. Sounds like an introspective read!"
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    #3The Black Prince

    The Black Prince

    The Black Prince is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on unsuccessful novelist Bradley Pearson as he faces the struggles in his life at the age of 50. 

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    Jessica Hansen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This sounds like a very interesting book. I will be interesting to read how it plays out"
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    #4A Severed Head

    A Severed Head

    A Severed Head is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers son of a wine merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon running their family business. It has been made into a film Claire Bloom, Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough, and Ian Holm.

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    Mark Foster
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I am a big fan of Iris Murdoch's books and I have been reading them for awhile. This one is one of the better ones but I don't think that it is the best one. "
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    #5The Unicorn

    The Unicorn

    The Unicorn is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on governess of Gaze Castle Marian Taylor who experiences a number of mysteries and got involved in a drama she can only understand. 

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    Ryan Hamilton
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This book is great for people who want to experience how it is to be oppressed and struggle through domestic struggles with her unforgiving husband. It is also at the same time mysterious and exhilarating."
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    #6The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight is written by Iris Murdoch which centers on Lucas Graffe attempting to murder his half-brother Clement but was intervened by a stranger whom he then killed. However, the identified man mysteriously reappears. 

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    Jane Scott
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Im really not into murder books but i have to say i really enjoyed this one. The story keeps you at a suspense at all times and thats what i like about it. "
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    #7The Good Apprentice

    The Good Apprentice

    The Good Apprentice is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on Edward Baltram now feeling guilty following his prank which has gone wrong, while his stepbrother Stuart quits his career to live like a monk. 

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    Huang Cai
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Few authors can really convey emotion through writing like Murdoch. This story was truly epic in the way that it is told. "
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    #8A Word Child

    A Word Child

    A Word Child is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which follows Hilary Burde who was saved by a tutor and was admitted to Oxford. However, the man he has betrayed has followed him. 

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    Jack Burns
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Another great depiction of family love. Everyone may fall but getting back on one's feet is what makes the difference. This book is very inspirational in that aspect. "
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    #9The Sandcastle

    The Sandcastle

    The Sandcastle is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which follows the life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan who was disturbed when Rain Carter arrives at the school to be the headmaster. 

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    Elizabeth Salazar
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Iris Murdoch has provided another classic into his resume with his classic fiction novel "The Sandcastles". The lovely tales provides endearing characters with riveting plots that makes you constantly want to turn the page. "
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    #10A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on intelligent Julius who demonstrates how easily couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray each other. 

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    Tyler Wilson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "One of my favorite female authors, Iris managed to be a feminist before they had a word for such things. She's also quite, quite British, and it shows in her writing. This classic title is a fairly quick read, not because of lack of words, but because it's such a page turner. It's also still very, very relevant today."

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Best What are the best books by Iris Murdoch
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Sea, the SeaBooks 45 Paid
2Under the NetBooks 39 Paid
3The Black PrinceBooks 38 Paid
4A Severed HeadBooks 34 Paid
5The UnicornBooks 33 Paid
6The Green KnightBooks 31 Paid
7The Good ApprenticeBooks 28 Paid
8A Word ChildBooks 27 Paid
9The SandcastleBooks 24 Paid
10A Fairly Honourable DefeatBooks 23 Paid
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