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Something Special

(1999)
A Short Story by

 
 
Something Special was previously unpublished except in a 1950s anthology and in Japan, and rediscovered after her death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever wrote for publication. Set in Dublin, against the vividly recognisable backdrop of the writer's native city in the late fifties, Something Special is the story of Yvonne, an ordinary, bold young Irish woman who believes there's more to life than marriage to Sam, the respectable young man who's courting her. Written with verve and characteristic sly humour, it moves to a surprising climax and conclusion - a poignant, strangely haunting story about the incompatibility of dreams and desires.


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Hardback Editions

October 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Something Special
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-7011-6918-4 / 978-0-7011-6918-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

September 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Something Special (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0-09-942265-4 / 978-0-09-942265-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Something Special (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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