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Iris and the Friends : A Year of Memories by John Bayley (Second-Hand)

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MSRP: £8.68
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Used - Good
ISBN:
9780349113104
Author:
John Bayley
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date:
2000
Format:
Paperback

This is a second-hand, used copy of this book. Please check “condition” in product details before ordering. Used - Very Good: Shows some small signs o…

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Iris and the Friends : A Year of Memories by John Bayley (Second-Hand)

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This is a second-hand, used copy of this book. Please check “condition” in product details before ordering.

Used - Very Good: Shows some small signs of wear - but no tears - on either binding or paper.

Used - Good: Average used worn book that has all pages or leaves present.

Used - Fair: Worn book that has complete text pages but may have some small defect like slight tears. Will be noticeably worn.

After more than three years of suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch died in January 1999. Early that month she was taken to a home for the terminally ill, and she remained radiant and calm for the last weeks of her life. The last year or so of Iris Murdoch's life provides the framework for IRIS AND THE FRIENDS, but within this structure John Bayley returns repeatedly to memories of his own earlier life, and of more than forty years of marriage to Iris.


Alzheimer's is a lonely predicament for the carer, and Bayley describes how he copes with the ordeal of watching his wife become terminally ill by forming a growing dependency on memory as a stand-by, consolation and friend. In the final chapters, Bayley describes his wife's death which was an entirely serene one. He writes of how he is learning to cope with the loss of Iris, and how he is creating a new life for himself.

Partly an autobiography, partly the biography of a marriage, IRIS AND THE FRIENDS provides a sensitive and, at times, a gently humourous lesson in the uses of adversity and will enthrall those fans of IRIS who wanted to know more about Bayley himself.

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