Doris Lessing

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‘Books bring us into being’: how writing about reading became an inspiring literary genre of its own
Bibliomemoirs are an increasingly popular way for writers to celebrate reading and its power to shape lives

Lara Feigel

13, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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A jazz player, a rock climber and Doris Lessing: life for women over 50, 1975
A war opportunity, the first female ascent in the Alps, and an ex-Communist

Chris Hall

24, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Top 10 books about platonic friendships | Nikita Lalwani
From Doris Lessing to Dickens and John Irving, these tales show how passionate, intense and vital ‘just’ friendships can be

Nikita Lalwani

07, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Jessie Greengrass: 'Frog and Toad Are Friends contains one of the best jokes ever written'
The author on underrated ‘great of feminist literature’ Gaudy Night, looking forward to every Ian Rankin novel, and never finishing Middlemarch

Jessie Greengrass

19, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Don’t forget so many brilliant women | Letters
Letters: An article by Caitlin Moran fails to acknowledge the female writers, politicians and musicians who were involved in groundbreaking work, says Dr Kim Thomas

Letters

31, Aug, 2020 @4:16 PM

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From Donna Tartt to Irvine Welsh: 10 great novels about friendship
Urban junkies, competitive mothers, adolescent girls caught in the world of Charles Manson ... Lara Feigel picks her 10 favourites

Lara Feigel

04, Jul, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Tsitsi Dangarembga: ‘Reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved changed my life’
The Zimbabwean author on her love for Toni Morrison and Doris Lessing, and why Reni Eddo-Lodge changed her mind about England

Tsitsi Dangarembga

10, Jan, 2020 @10:00 AM

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How much did The Golden Notebook lift from Doris Lessing’s life?
A centenary exhibition of her archive shows the novel’s cast of feverish radicals were drawn recognisably from people she knew

Sam Jordison

29, Oct, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Struggling with The Golden Notebook? The hard work is worth it
For every moment of high drama, there are also sections of intense tedium. But Doris Lessing’s masterpiece delivers a big payoff

Sam Jordison

22, Oct, 2019 @12:08 PM

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Is The Golden Notebook a feminist novel?
For all the suffering its women endure at the hands of men, it’s not hard to see why Doris Lessing disliked her book’s polemical reputation

Sam Jordison

15, Oct, 2019 @11:04 AM

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Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook is our Reading group book for October
The 1962 novel is a challenging masterpiece – luckily, its author wrote a blisteringly bad-tempered guide to reading it

Sam Jordison

08, Oct, 2019 @12:12 PM

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Reading group: which Doris Lessing book should we read in October?
This month marks the centenary of the British-Zimbabwean’s birth, and we’re celebrating her remarkable career. Help us choose a book

Sam Jordison

01, Oct, 2019 @12:54 PM

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