In 1998 John Bayley wrote a best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir of his wife, the great philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 1996. 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.
'This is the greatest love story of our age. Incomparable' Observer 'A beautiful testament of love' Irish Times 'A brave and poignant of a very English marriage' Times 'A unique glimpse into the alchemy of marriage ... a work of art' Victoria Glendinning, Daily Telegraph 'Love has everything and nothing to do with it. John Bayley has set the gold standard for a debased currency; changed the meaning of the word' Guardian 'Exquisite ... an extraordinary love story' Sunday Times
John Bayley is the author of Alice, The Queer Captain, George's Lair and The Red Hat. In addition to Iris he has published two other memoirs with Duckworth, Iris & Friends and Widower's House. He was the Warton Professor of English at the University of Oxford and is a fellow of St Catherine's College.