Monday, February 8, 1999 Published at 20:08 GMT
Dame Iris Murdoch dies
Iris Murdoch died at an Oxford nursing home
The award-winning author Dame Iris Murdoch has died aged 79.
In recent years, she had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and died on Monday at Vale House - a special Alzheimer's nursing home, in Oxford.
She was married to the writer John Bayley and the couple had no children.
Dame Iris had requested before her death that there be no funeral and no memorial service.
Her books won widespread acclaim - The Sacred and Profane Love Machine won the Whitbread Prize in 1974, and four years later she was awarded the Booker Prize for her 19th novel, The Sea, The Sea.
She was awarded a CBE in 1976 and a DBE in 1987.