The Sea, The Sea

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The Booker Prize-winning masterpiece from one of the twentieth century's most important and entertaining writers

Subject: Classics
The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch


When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood sweetheart and sets his heart on destroying her marriage. His equilibrium is further disturbed when his friends all decide to come and keep him company and Charles finds his seaside idyll severely threatened by his obsessions.

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  • Paperback
    $14.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099284093
    Published: 03/09/1999
    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    Extent: 560 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781409043584
    Published: 01/05/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 576 pages
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"I love the novels of Iris Murdoch" - Philippa Gregory

"She was a brilliantly clever woman" - Dame Judi Dench

"A fantastic feat of imagination as well as a marvellous sustained piece of writing" - Vogue

"One of the most ambitious tours de force in many years...There are pages one races through to see what happens.She is a virtuoso at description" - Daily Mail

"An enjoyable, thought-provoking and unforgettable novel" - Val Hennessey, Daily Mail

"My favourite novel" - David Yelland, The Week

"A fabulous novel... funny and poignant and is arguably Murdoch's finest hour." - Gary Kemp, Daily Express

"There is no doubt in my mind that Iris Murdoch is one of the most important novelists now writing in English...The power of her imaginative vision, her intelligence and her awareness and revelation of human truth are quite remarkable" - The Times