Under the Net

Author(s): Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch's first novel is a gem - solid and sparkling. 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. Meeting again, after some years, an old flame, Anna, he is led into a series of fantastic adventures. Iris Murdoch has wit, great power of invention and a knack for producing absurd incidents with a serious undertone and tender episodes with an edge of satire. Robust, full of flavour and panache, here is one of those rare novels which equally make one laugh and make one think.


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Iris Murdoch's first novel. 20020220

"Iris Murdoch has imposed her alternative world on us as surely as Christopher Columbus or Graham Greene." -- "Sunday Times"

"From the Paperback edition."

An entertaining novel set in contemporary 50s London, told from a first person perspective and follows the life of a young man on a picaresque quest for love and friendship. Iris Murdoch creates such complex and meaningful characters in her novel and weaves together themes of love, philosophy and a touch of good humour. - Asiya, The Book Grocer


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. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.

General Fields

  • : 9780099429074
  • : Vintage Books
  • : Vintage Books
  • : April 2002
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Iris Murdoch
  • : Paperback
  • : 304
  • : Modern fiction