Iris and Her Friends by John Bayley
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Iris and Her Friends
By John Bayley

Iris and Her Friends

A Memoir of Memory and Desire

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Iris and Her Friends by John Bayley

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John Bayley began writing Iris and Her Friends, a companion to the New York Times bestseller Elegy for Iris, late at night while his wife, the beloved novelist Iris Murdoch, succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease. As Iris was losing her memory, Bayley was flooded with vivid recollections of his own. In lyrical reverie, Bayley recreates the unforgettable scenes of his youth, from his birth to a civil servant in colonial India to his long romance with Iris and its heartbreaking end. This is the transcendent work of a brilliant man, whose examination of the tragedies and joys of his own life will give readers great healing insight. John Bayley's Iris and Her Friends is nothing less than a classic of true love and sorrow. "Love makes every beautifully formed sentence, every generously shared moment, shimmer and sing."-Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393320794
ISBN-10: 0393320790
Format: Paperback
(180mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Iris by John Bayley Iris, Paperback (July 2012)

At times unbearably moving, at times poignantly comical, this memoir provides a fitting memorial to Dame Iris. It is an enchanting portrait of a remarkable marriage and an inspiration for anyone whose life is affected by Alzheimer's.

Glass of Blessings by John Bayley Glass of Blessings, Paperback (December 2009)

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Offshore, Human Voices, the Beginning of Spring by John Bayley Offshore, Human Voices, the Beginning of Spring, Hardback (September 2003)

Written with energy and each quite different from the others, this volume features three novels which reveal a lightness of touch with the most serious matters unlike anything else in contemporary fiction.

Collected Shorter Fiction by John Bayley Collected Shorter Fiction, Hardback (October 2001)

Features short stories and novellas that reflect every aspect of author's developing art and outlook. This book is dominated by the characteristic experiences of his early life as soldier, land-owner, husband and father, the life which shaped Anna Karenina and War and Peace.

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Author Biography - John Bayley

Born in India in 1925, John Bayley was educated at Eton and Oxford. He became a fellow of New College in 1955, where he taught English. In 1956, he married the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was then teaching philosophy at St. Anne's College. Bayley is an eminent literary critic and the author of Iris and Her Friends and Elegy for Iris. He has since remarried. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and an active supporter of Alzheimer's International, Bayley still lives and writes in Oxford, England.

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