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  • Astonishing

    John Sutherland
  • Deeply impressive

  • Reading these letters is like living Murdoch's whole creatively, sexually and intellectually voracious life alongside her, and at breakneck speed. Thrilling

    Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
  • The letters themselves have been selected with conviction and care...the overwhelming sense of this volume is one of richness

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Her mind, here as in everything she wrote, is formidable

    New York Times
  • Astonishing epistolary abundance from a woman who meant it when she told a friend that she could "live in letters"... Few books leave the reader with as dizzying sense of the need to question absolutely everything

    Daily Telegraph
  • We find a passionate engagement with the world of ideas, but most of all with friends, lovers, and pupils. These letters reveal Murdoch's extraordinary talent for affection, exuberant sense of fun, razor-sharp intelligence, and acute awareness of the transcendent

    Karen Armstrong
  • Exemplary... The reader grows up and grows old with Murdoch

    Literary Review
  • This collection of letters provides a fascinating insight into the life of a complex and important novelist. It is a wonderful book

    Alexander McCall Smith
  • Murdoch was not writing for posterity; she was writing for her friends, or rather as a way of maintaining her friendships, whether intellectual, passionate or both...the letters reinforce Murdoch's qualities as a person


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