A brilliant, controversial and insightful biography from the author of the universally acclaimed The Victorians.
A.N. Wilson's tutor at Oxford was John Bayley, and it was there that Wilson met Irish Murdoch. He remained a close friend of them both, and it was at Iris's pleading in 1988 that he agreed to write her biography. The biography was bound to be controversial, and Wilson pulls no punches in his attack on Bayley's own book on Iris and the portrayal of her as an Alzheimer's victim. Instead, he gives us back the fiercely intelligent novelist and philosopher, and shows us a relationship that was deeply loving yet profoundly eccentric, and very unconventional for its day.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Brilliant, mischievous and wholly accurate account" -- Roger Lewis * Spectator * "This Iris, formerly portrayed - even betrayed - as messy on the household front and ultimately doddery, is humorous, intellectual, sexual and fantastical" -- Beryl Bainbridge * Observer * "Passionate, sympathetic and extraordinarily funny... This is far from a conventional biography... and it is all the more enjoyable and insightful for that" -- Hugh Massingberd * Mail on Sunday * "A brantub of scandal and a comic masterpiece" -- John Carey * Daily Telegraph *
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1