The personal books and papers belonging to English novelist Iris Murdoch who died in 1999 are being sold next week in London.
The papers are reported (by the Times in an unlinkable print friendly version) to contain a copy of Murdoch’s “Sectarian Songs” in which the ex-communist writer left us her thoughts on the post-war division of the British left:
“The Petty Bourgeoise philistine/
He didn’t know the Party line/
Although he struggled day and night/
He was a bleeding Trotskyite.”
I think it shows great promise……