An Unofficial Rose

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Vintage, 2001 - Granddaughters - 287 pages
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A complex Shakespearean comedy of intertwined relationships, as nine closely linked characters search for love.
After his wife's death, Hugh contemplates returning to his former mistress. His son, Randall, longs to abandon his shapeless marriage for a perfect partner. Randall's young daughter, Miranda, is adored by her Australian cousin Penn, but has attachments elsewhere. Her mother Ann has her own private dream, while taking upon herself the strains and pains of all the others. Impelled by affection, lust and illusion, these characters search for love within a tightly woven web.

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It is such a pleasure to be in the hands of such a brilliant prose writer. On the other hand her characters are a piece of work, every one, and mercilessly depicted, which has me liking all of them ... Read full review

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‘An Unofficial Rose’ is a family story- a very dysfunctional family. The matriarch has just died, and the day of her funeral starts the book. With Fanny dead, Hugh Peronett is now free to rekindle an ... Read full review

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Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. During the war she was an Assistant Principal at the Treasury, and then worked with UNRRA in London, Belgium and Austria. She held a studentship in Philosophy at Newham College, Cambridge, and then in 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a Fellow of St Anne's College. Until her death in February 1999, she lived with her husband, the teacher and critic John Bayley, in Oxford. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. In the 1997 PEN Awards she received the Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature. Since her writing debut in 1954 with Under the Net, Iris Murdoch has written twenty-six novels, including the Booker Prize-winning The Sea, The Sea(1978) and most recently The Green Knight(1993) and Jackson's Dilemma(1995). Other literary awards include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Black Prince(1973) and the Whitbread Prize for The Sacred and Profane Love Machine(1974). Her works of philosophy include

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