Sacred Space, Beloved City: Iris Murdoch's London is a celebration of Iris Murdoch's love for London and establishes her amongst distinguished "London writers" such as William Blake, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf. Individual chapters focus on the City, London art galleries and museums, the Post Office Tower (now the BT Tower), the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Whitehall and the River Thames. Each chapter identifies intricate links between the environment and human consciousness and is accompanied by a corresponding walk that links Murdoch's plots to landmarks and routes. All essays and walks are illustrated with sketches by Paul Laseau. These drawings not only illustrate locations for identification but also conjure their atmosphere so that readers engage with how Murdoch's characters experience their surroundings. The final London Glossary is an annotated index of the London place names mentioned in all of Murdoch's 26 novels.
Dr Cheryl Bove teaches humanities in the Ball State University Honors College. She was American editor of the Iris Murdoch News Letter from 1998-2007 and editor of the IMNL from 1995-1998. Her publications include: Iris Murdoch: A Descriptive Primary and Annotated Bibliography, co-authored with John Fletcher (1994); Understanding Iris Murdoch (1993) and A Character Index and Guide to the Fiction of Iris Murdoch (1986).Dr Anne Rowe is Senior Lecturer in English and Director of the Centre of Iris Murdoch Studies at Kingston University. She is editor of the Iris Murdoch Review, the author of The Visual Arts and the Novels of Iris Murdoch (2002), and editor of Iris Murdoch: A Reassessment (2006). She is currently editing Iris Murdoch and Morality, with Avril Horner, for publication in 2009.Paul Laseau, AIA, the book's illustrator, is one of a handful of internationally recognized authors in the field of design communications with nine published books that are course texts for students of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and industrial design in the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. These publications include Freehand Sketching: an introduction (Norton, 2004), Architectural Representation Handbook: Traditional and Digital Techniques for Graphic Communication (John Wiley Publishers, 1992).