A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an order of sequestered nuns. A new bell is being installed when suddenly the old bell, a legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. And then things begin to change. Meanwhile the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean. Originally published in 1958, this funny, sad, and moving novel is about religion, sex, and the fight between good and evil.

With an introduction by A. S. Byatt.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A distinguished novelist of a rare kind." - Kingsley Amis


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Hardback Editions

May 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Bell (Collected edition)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-7011-2768-6 / 978-0-7011-2768-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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December 1958 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-7011-0975-0 / 978-0-7011-0975-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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January 1958 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-670-15592-6 / 978-0-670-15592-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell: Vintage Classics Murdoch Series
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 1-78487-520-1 / 978-1-78487-520-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell (Vintage Classics Murdoch Series)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-09-947048-9 / 978-0-09-947048-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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July 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-14-118669-0 / 978-0-14-118669-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-09-928389-1 / 978-0-09-928389-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell (Study Texts S.)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-582-24395-5 / 978-0-582-24395-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Longman
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March 1973 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-14-001688-0 / 978-0-14-001688-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-586-04427-2 / 978-0-586-04427-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Audio Editions

July 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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July 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
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2010 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Bell
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 1-4084-6511-6 / 978-1-4084-6511-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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May 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Bell: Complete & Unabridged (Rumpole Crime)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-7540-0487-2 / 978-0-7540-0487-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2009 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Bell (Vintage Classic Iris Murdoch Series)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2001 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Bell (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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