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    • The Sea, the Sea

    • Vintage Classics Murdoch Series
    • By: Iris Murdoch, Daisy Johnson
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
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    Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the 20th century. To celebrate her centenary Vintage Classics presents special editions of her greatest and most timeless novels. Charles Arrowby has determined to spend the rest of his days in hermit-like contemplation. He buys a mysteriously damp house on the coast, far from the heady world of the theatre where he made his name, and there he swims in the sea, eats revolting meals and writes his memoirs.

    Non-member price: $39.50

    • The Bell

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb reading of modern classic

    • By Rodney Wetherell on 08-01-2017

    Non-member price: $37.61

    • Jackson's Dilemma

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Juliet Mills
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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    Iris Murdoch's 26th novel is a romp as well as an homage to that master of convoluted comedy, Shakespeare. She has adopted a syncopated, slightly mocking tone, and many scenes have a distinctly theatrical air. She has also achieved a disarming sense of timelessness, due in part to the fact that her eccentric characters, a close-knit circle of friends, are extremely well-off and spend their days and nights dashing between their country estates and their London houses.

    Non-member price: $34.09

    • Under the Net

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Samuel West
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures.

    Non-member price: $30.11

    • The Good Apprentice

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
    • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • The Message to the Planet

    • By: Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For years, Alfred Ludens has pursued mathematician and philosopher Marcus Vallar in the belief that he possesses a profound metaphysical formula, a missing link of great significance to mankind. Luden's friends are more sceptical. Jack Sheerwater, painter, thinks Marcus is crazy. Gildas herne, ex-preist, thinks he is evil. Patrick Fenman, poet, is dying because he thinks Marcus has cursed him. Marcus has disappeared and must be found.

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    • Vintage Classics Murdoch Series
    • By: Iris Murdoch, Garth Greenwell - introduction
    • Length: Not Yet Known
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    Everyone is thinking about Julius King. For comfortable, long-married Hilda and Rupert, he is a mystery. For Morgan, Hilda’s tormented sister, he is an obsession. For Morgan’s abandoned husband, Tallis, he is the source of ruin. For Simon and Axel, deeply in love, he stirs up jealousy and unease. What is Julius thinking about? He’s thinking about Hilda, Rupert, Morgan, Tallis, Simon and Axel, and they will not all survive his malevolent attention. 

    Non-member price: $39.50

    • The Sandcastle

    • Vintage Classics Murdoch Series
    • By: Iris Murdoch, Bidisha SK Mamata - introduction
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    When Bill Mor falls in love with Rain Carter he discovers a new way of being and a new joy in the world and his surroundings. To be with Rain he must abandon his prosaic life as a schoolmaster, his domineering wife Nan and his troubled teenaged children. He must draw on the powers of selfishness, hatred and anger in order to make the final break. But what love could survive all that violence?

    Non-member price: $39.50