These collected writings, never published before, comprise a diary which Iris Murdoch kept in her last summer at Oxford, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, and her wartime correspondence with the poet Frank Thomson and diplomat David Hicks. They reveal the young writer at her sprightly, original best - as gripped by her own affairs, and those of her friends and peers, as by the great affairs of the world; exuberant when in love, and yet remarkably philosophical even when love goes painfully wrong.
A Writer at War is a treasury of one of the great women writers and thinkers of the 20th century - a fascinating private memoir which sheds new light on a brilliant mind in development, but also a remarkable historical document of life behind the scenes during the Second World War.
Peter Conradi is the author of Iris Murdoch: A Life, the critically lauded biography of Iris Murdoch. He has written a number of other non fiction books, including Going Buddhist, which was published by Short Books in 2004.