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The Best Iris Murdoch Books

Updated October 13, 2018 434 votes 94 voters 3.5k views21 items

List RulesVote for the Iris Murdoch novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Iris Murdoch books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Iris Murdoch is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of her work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Iris Murdoch who want to know which novels they should start reading first. These are classic novels that helped shape the literary world as we know it today. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out her work if you're a big reader.List books range from Under the Net to The Sea, the Sea. What are Iris Murdoch's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    The Good Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    SubjectsLiterary, Friendship, Death, England

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Book and the Brotherhood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books

    SubjectsEngland

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 3
    The Black Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Black Prince

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1973

    SubjectsMurder, England

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Sea, the Sea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Sea, the Sea

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1978

    SubjectsEnglish Language, Egocentrism, English Literature, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Nice and the Good is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Sacred and Profane Love Ma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    A Word Child is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    A Word Child

    Iris Murdoch

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 8
    The Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Bell

    Iris Murdoch

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Fiction

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  • 9
    A Fairly Honourable Defeat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books

    First Published1970

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Henry and Cato is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    Henry and Cato

    Iris Murdoch

    SubjectsFriendship, England

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    Something Special is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    Something Special

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1957

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Nuns and Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    Nuns and Soldiers

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1980

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Green Knight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Green Knight

    Iris Murdoch

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 14
    The unicorn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The unicorn

    Iris Murdoch
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    A Severed Head is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    A Severed Head

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1961

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Red and the Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    First Published1965

    SubjectsIreland, Women, History

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Under the Net is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    Under the Net

    Iris Murdoch

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Flight from the Enchanter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books

    First Published1956

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Philosopher's Pupil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Sandcastle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Sandcastle

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1957-12

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    The Italian Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Iris Murdoch Books
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    The Italian Girl

    Iris Murdoch

    First Published1964

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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