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Visiting Charlbury Road

Visiting Charlbury Road

3 May 2021

Sorting through some material for my essay on Iris Murdoch’s links with Australia recently, I discovered the notes I took more than a decade ago when, towards the end of a long research trip to the UK, I drove to Oxford from Winchester to meet John and Audi Bayley.

Welcome to the Iris Murdoch Society Website. The society exists to champion the work, and celebrate the life, of the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch: one of the most important writers and thinkers of the Twentieth Century.

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Visiting Charlbury Road

Visiting Charlbury Road

3 May 2021

Sorting through some material for my essay on Iris Murdoch’s links with Australia recently, I discovered the notes I took more than a decade ago when, towards the end of a long research trip to the UK, I drove to Oxford from Winchester to meet John and Audi Bayley.

Researching Iris Murdoch in a Time of Pandemic

Researching Iris Murdoch in a Time of Pandemic

26 April 2021

Now libraries and archive collections are re-opening, and I am delighted that restrictions on travel have been lifted, so that I can make an appointment at the Iris Murdoch Special Collections at Kingston University, to continue my work on the archive material there.

Iris Murdoch in Chiswick

Iris Murdoch in Chiswick

4 March 2021

Iris Murdoch, who lived for much of her childhood in Chiswick, was one of the best and most influential writers of the twentieth century. Iris was the only child of doting parents who married after a rather whirlwind romance.

Quakerish Novelist – Iris Murdoch

Quakerish Novelist – Iris Murdoch

19 February 2021

In the years since I became a Quaker by convincement, no one has ever mentioned Iris Murdoch as a representative Quaker sensibility and thinker. In that same period of time I’ve also been convinced that the, shall we say, post-supernatural, post-fundamentalist condition is naturally Quaker, and is a reasonable contradiction of Sigmund Freud’s position that there’s no future for ‘illusions’ of the religious sort.

The Iris Murdoch Review

  • Iris Murdoch Review 11, 2020 £10.00
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  • Iris Murdoch Review 8, 2017 £5.00