The Bell – Iris Murdoch


Chosen by Jo

A lay community of mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, a home of sequestered nuns. An old bell is rediscovered, causing change in everyone.

© “I thought” – Jo

© “The protagonist Dora Greenfield returns to her estranged husband Paul at the start of the novel after realising she is more afraid of him when they are apart. It was right from then that I felt a huge empathy for Dora and took an instant dislike to Paul. And ultimately that’s what kept me turning pages. The beautiful symbolic imagery helped too.” – Rachel

© “And from me” – Suzy

© “This book” – Sophia


Published 1958
Chatto & Windus
319 pages


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