The Sandcastle

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VINTAGE CLASSICS MURDOCH: Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the twentieth century. To celebrate her centenary Vintage Classics presents special editions of her greatest and most timeless novels.

‘It’s all dry sand running through the fingers.’

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?

(C) Iris Murdoch 1957 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • How bloody good her novels are – how intelligent, how lucent, how divinely crazy. They’re fun – I’d forgotten that.

    Guardian
  • One of her most haunting works… She is spectacularly enigmatic

    Philippa Gregory
  • Her characters are described with loving exactitude and in such depth that their struggles to define what it means to live a good life take on dramatic force.

    New York Times
  • Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour

    The Times
  • She believes in everything: true love, veridical visions, magic, monsters, pagan spirits. Her world is ignited by belief

    Martin Amis

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