Savagery, erotic diddling, death and pajamas: these are the primary subjects of Bruno’s Dream, the 1969 novel by Iris Murdoch. You could close your eyes, throw a dart at one of Murdoch’s 26 novels, and find yourself absorbed in its pages for several weeks. Bruno’s Dream is an especially good target.
It isn’t one of Murdoch’s most famous novels, nor one of her best. But there is a character named “Nigel”, and there are mackintoshes, and there is intrigue. And you can buy it for two dollars off Amazon.
Here is a video of the author discussing literature and philosophy. Note the accent.