Read an extract from The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1973, The Black Prince is part-thriller, part-love story: a book that explores the intricacies and inconsistencies of human relationships
In 1973, The Black Prince was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Part metafictional thriller, part love story, it was Murdoch’s 15th novel and her third to be recognised by the prize
Widely regarded as her best work, The Black Prince is Murdoch at the height of her powers. Ex-tax collector and author of two unpopular novels, Bradley Pearson wishes to devote his retirement to writing a masterpiece. But the doorbell and the phone keep ringing, and every ring brings with it an ex-wife, a friend in need, a sister in trouble or a young woman seeking a teacher, and so dusty, selfish Bradley is plunged into the muddles and mysteries which will end in his doom.
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