1. Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch was a fantastic British author who wrote 25 works of fiction and a few philosophy books, as well as some plays and poetry. My wife bought her book The Bell randomly at a thrift store a few years ago, and she has since become one of our very favorite writers. Her writing usually deal with hidden motivations, obsessions, and good and evil, and she has a way of describing people that is so rich and true that I almost can’t believe it. What would likely be a boring story from most authors is intense and exciting when she writes. For new readers, I recommend The Bell, The Unicorn, The Black Prince, A Word Child, and especially The Sea, The Sea.