Iris Murdoch explores the fragility of relationships. Thirty years is plenty of time for friends to change their opinions. Not least of each other.

At a midsummer ball at Oxford a close-knit group of men and women - friends since university days - have gathered to dance under the stars. Years ago, they had clubbed together to finance one of their number to write a political and philosophical book. On this summer evening, events at the ball spark a crisis, and by the night’s end the vindictive ghosts of the past have effectively invaded the present.

The Booker Prize 1987
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Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin and made her writing debut with Under the Net in 1954. She wrote 26 novels and several books of philosophy.
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