Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Small Treats

Ain't it the truth! Have a small treat and look into Iris Murdoch, whose life and works are well worth your time. I've read several books by her, including The Black Prince, The Good Apprentice, and A Fairly Honorable Defeat. I have several on my TBR shelf waiting their turn.

Here's an interview with her from 1990:

They discuss her childhood, her university years, her civil service work during WW2, the offer of a fellowship in America which was lost because of the McCarron Act, her studies in Ethics and Philosophy, and much more.

She is a fascinating person.

Please check out the T Tuesday link gathering at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog, where Elizabeth is highlighting Spring tulips.


  1. Great graphic and quote. Murdoch has been on my "get around to" list of authors for some time. I guess I should actually get around to reading something by her.


  2. Darling quote for T-day, yes small treats are essential, are they not?

  3. The quote is essential and I like her books as well... great author!
    Happy T-Day!

  4. Your teapot and cake image is gorgeous and the quote is a very good one.
    Many thanks for your lovely comment on my holiday post(s) :o))

  5. Great quote ... I am all for enjoying the little things in life.
    Happy T Day to you.

  6. I'll have to come back and listen. Did you ever see the movie Iris with Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent? Amazing!
    Little joys and small treats--ahhh! That is my life these past years. Totally agree.
    Happy T-Day! :)

    1. I never saw the movie and haven't read her husband's memoir. She was so brilliant, it's hard to think of her ending her life like that.

  7. It's getting a bit late here so I will come back to finish listening another time! I'm all for small treats though!! Happy T day! Chrisx

  8. Hello and Happy T Day! My computer is acting up so I didn't want to risk playing the video, sounds like a good one though. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your week.

  9. I always enjoy a Mary Englebreit painting...and great quote to go with it! Not familiar with the author, but I could use a good book to read...happy T day!

  10. I LOVE T day because I learn SO much. Iris Murdoch was one interesting lady. Although I'd heard of the McCarron Act, it was one similar to the McCarthy hearings, where America's fear of communism overrode our sense of justice and equality.

    Thanks for sharing Iris with us for T this Tuesday, and thanks for the lovely tea pot and small treats!

  11. I remember reading your review of a Murdoch book and deciding to read The Green Knight which I had bought at a sale. The book is still unread, it's time to pick it off the shelf! She sounds like an interesting woman and that os such a precious cover.

  12. Love the quote and a very interesting interview!

  13. *picture, I mean! I like the quote..

  14. I've never read anything by her but I think I'll add her to this winters reading list. Love the graphic and quote!!!