Books by John Bayley

John Bayley is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a retired professor at Oxford University. He is the author of Elegy for Iris, a memoir. He lives in Oxford.


THE POWER OF DELIGHT by John Bayley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2005

"Bayley is England's Edmund Wilson, and reading him on reading others truly is an education."
A generous display of the indefatigable British critic's wares: nearly 70 informed, eloquent, and endlessly stimulating book reviews and literary essays. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Could have been funnier, should have been kinder."
The memoirs of an acidic curmudgeon and widower. Read full book review >
IRIS AND HER FRIENDS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A moving final tribute to the healing force of memory and the sustaining power of love."
Sweet memories of the distant past are juxtaposed with present agonies as Bayley, a retired Oxford don, novelist, and critic, concludes the story of wife, Iris Murdoch's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in this piercing follow-up to Elegy for Iris (1998). Read full book review >
ELEGY FOR IRIS by John Bayley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"Nonetheless, this seems an appropriate error for a loving husband to make, and the book's intimate tone will surely please both his fans and hers. (6 b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to the New Yorker)"
A sweet if somewhat old-fashioned memoir about a literary marriage. Read full book review >
THE RED HAT by John Bayley
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 1998

"For readers in the right mood, a giddy dose of helium; for others, a farrago of tediously precious folderol."
Postmodern mysteries from Paul Auster to Martin Amis have generally been dark and despairing. Read full book review >