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Never Mind About the Bourgeoisie: Australian Book Review Book of the Year 2015

Cambridge Scholars are delighted to announce that Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995 has been named as one of the Australian Book Review’s Books of the Year for 2015.


The Australian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines, which publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. It aims to foster high critical standards, to provide an outlet for fine new writing and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia’s literary heritage.

42 major authors and critics nominated their favourite titles for the ABR’s Books of the Year for 2015, and Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie was selected by Brian Matthews, who said of the book:

“Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 5/14) is a fascinating, endearing meeting of two brilliant, maverick minds. Medlin's wit and Furphy-like evocations of the Australian bush and Murdoch's loving encounter with Australian vernacular ('Dearest Brian, dear mate') mixed with her philosophical digressions are a sublime, offbeat treat.”


The book was originally reviewed in the ABR by Jane Sullivan, who said of the volume:

I began reading these letters without any strong interest in Medlin; I wanted to rediscover my delight in Murdoch’s writing, and was confident I would find much to illuminate my memories. [...] I finished the book feeling sad but privileged, and grateful that the editors had done such a diligent job (there is a helpful introduction, and for the first time the full text of a review that Murdoch wrote of Medlin’s monograph Human Nature, Human Survival [1992] published in a shorter form in The Age in 1993.) ‘Australia needs you to tell about her,’ Murdoch wrote to her friend; and she was right. We do."

To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995. To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2016.


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