Iris Murdoch read philosophy at Oxford where she met and later married John Bayley, a literary critic and fellow novelist.
So began a forty-year marriage, detailed in the classic memoir Iris. These are touching but poignant stories with the knowledge that Iris and her grand intellect would eventually succumb to Alzheimer’s disease. John would care for her for five years, the last of which he writes about in Iris and the Friends that also describes her peaceful passing. Finally, he reflects on his bereavement and the void that is left when a soulmate departs in A Widower’s House.