The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster. Mor, hoping to enter politics, becomes aware of new desires. A complex battle develops, involving love, guilt, magic, art and political ambition. Mor's teenage children and their mother fight discreetly and ruthlessly against the invader, The Head, himself enchanted, advises Mor to seize the girl and run. The final decision rests with Rain, Can a 'great love' be purchased at too high a price?
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" Guardian "Of the novelists who have made their bow since the war she seems to me to be the most remarkable" -- Raymond Mortimer
Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 6th February 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.235