This is the story of the comic and yet relentless struggle for survival of Austin Gibson Grey, the accidental man. Austin is one of those people who needs to survive through the destruction of others. The others, in Austin's case, include his successful elder brother, Matthew, and the women who, one after the other, are so touchingly convinced that they can 'save' him. In Ihis latter role we meet Austin's estranged wife, Dorina, a crazed angel, and Austin's far from angelic alcoholic landlady, Mitzi. Other women interest themselves too in Austin's fate, with hilarious and appalling results. AN ACCIDENTAL MAN is a novel of extraordinary scope and variety in which Iris Murdoch's astonishing fertility of mind and unerring narrative skill are most felicitously combined.
About the Author
Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college.
Her first published novel, Under The Net, was selected in 2001 by the editorial board of the American Modern Library as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999
"Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour" The Times "Iris Murdoch was one of the best and most influential writers of the twentieth century" -- Peter Conradi Guardian "A distinguished novelist of a rare kind" -- Kingsley Amis "Behind her books one feels a power of intellect quite exceptional in a novelist" Sunday Times "Iris Murdoch really knows how to write, can tell a story, delineate a character, catch an atmosphere with deadly accuracy" -- John Betjemen
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 6th February 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.34