Guilt, secrets, and lies haunt two men whose lives are bound by a long-ago tragedy in this “riveting” novel by the author of The Sea, The Sea (Los Angeles Times).
Twenty years ago, Hilary Burde’s story was one of remarkable success and enviable courage. Having brought himself out of a troubled childhood with only his intellect and wit, he was one of the most promising scholars at Oxford, a student with a rare talent for linguistics and an unquenchable drive. Until the accident.
Now, forty-one and a decidedly ordinary failure, Hilary finds his quietly angry routine shattered when his old professor reappears in his life—a man whose own demons are tied to Hilary’s and the tragedy from years ago. As the two men begin to circle each other once again, digging up old wrongs and seeking forgiveness for long-buried ills, they find themselves on a path that will either grant them both redemption or destroy them both forever.
Haunting and emotional, A Word Child is an intimate look at the madness of regret by the Man Booker Prize–winning author of Under the Net and A Severed Head.
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Introduction by Ray Monk
Saved by education from a delinquent childhood, cheated of Oxford by a tragic love tangle, Hilary Burde cherishes his obsessive guilt and disappointment in a dull civil service job. When the man whom he has betrayed reappears as head of his department, Hilary hopes for forgiveness and a new life, but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetition.
Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) is the author of twenty-six novels, including Under the Net, The Black Prince, and The Sea, The Sea, as well as several plays and a volume of poetry. Murdoch taught philosophy at Oxford before leaving to write fulltime, winning such literary awards as the Booker Prize and the PEN Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature.
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Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1975. Book Condition: Fair. First. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP68979057
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1975. Book Condition: Fair. First. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP71382802
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002625143
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002126697
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # FPS0701120924G
Book Description Chatto & Windus 1975-04-17, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Minor shelf wear on jacket and a name and date has been handwritten on first blank page. Content is fine. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 075159-14
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, England, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, Price Clipped. British First. Some edge wear to boards and dust jacket; otherwise a solid, clean copy with no marking or underlining; collectible condition; dust jacket is protected by a mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 010130
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo. A man who was a juvenile delinquent thinks he is getting a chance to redeem his past -- but at what cost. Lightly bumped at top of spine, else fine in price-clipped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 15156
Book Description Chatto and Windus, London,UK, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Very good copy. (see picture) Cover in Brodart. Bookseller Inventory # 002758
Book Description Chatto & Windus, U.K., 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 2nd Edition. The 17th novel from Dame Iris. There has been a knock to the foredge of the textblock, resulting in a few pages having a slight bend or crease. Otherwise a fine copy in fine dust jacket which has a new price sticker applied by the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # 000681