A Word Child

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A Word Child
First edition
Author Iris Murdoch
Cover artist Christopher Cornford
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Chatto and Windus
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 392pp

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.