• Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
• With an Introduction by Candia McWilliam
• "A source of wonder and delight... No summary can do justice to the rich intricacy of character and incident with which Miss Murdoch crowds every page." --Spectator
• "This is great Murdoch. It rings as clear as The Bell
... her humour is all the more achingly funny because she keeps it on the edge of our vision." --Daily Mail
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A story about being in love The Black Prince
is also a remarkable intellectual thriller with a superbly involuted plot, and a meditation on the nature of art and love and the deity who rules over both. Bradley Pearson, its narrator and hero, is an elderly writer with a 'block'. Encompassed by predatory friends and relations - his ex-wife, her delinquent brother and a younger, deplorably successful writer, Arnold Baffin, together with Baffin's restless wife and youthful daughter - Bradley attempts escape. His failure and its aftermath lead to a violent climax; and to a coda which casts a shifting perspective on all that has gone before.