A Word Child

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A Word Child
Cover of the first edition
AuthorIris Murdoch
Cover artistChristopher Cornford
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherChatto and Windus
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

A Word Child is the 17th novel by Iris Murdoch.

First published in 1975 by Chatto and Windus, A Word Child charts the trials and tribulations of the title character, the "word child", Hilary Burde as he attempts to recover his soul from the misery of his troubled past. Filled in the usual Murdoch style with an array of colourful, fully rounded characters who people Hilary's world, the novel is a complex and thoughtful exploration of the possibility and meaning of redemption, the nature of human memory, and the possibility of love for the tarnished soul. By turns stirring, witty, painful and joyous, the novel was received to great critical acclaim on its release.