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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