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When Charles Arrowby, a 60+ demi-god of the theatre, retires from his glittering London world in order to become a hermit, it is to the sea that he turns. He hopes at least to escape from the women. He unexpectedly meets one whom he loved long ago.

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‘I saw a monster rising from the waves.’

Charles Arrowby has determined to spend the rest of his days in hermit-like contemplation. He buys a mysteriously damp house on the coast, far from the heady world of the theatre where he made his name, and there he swims in the sea, eats revolting meals and writes his memoirs. But then he meets his childhood sweetheart Hartley, and memories of her lovely, younger self crowd in – along with more recent lovers and friends – to disrupt his self-imposed exile. So instead of ‘learning to be good’, Charles proceeds to demonstrate how very bad he can be.

**Winner of the Man Booker Prize 1978.**

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAISY JOHNSON


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.

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Weight 0.427 kg
Dimensions 17.8 × 12.8 × 3.6 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xvi, 587

Language

English

Edition

Reprint

Dewey

823.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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