Author of the Month: Doris Lessing

Our Author of the Month for June is the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Literature Doris Lessing. Born in Iran to British parents, Lessing was brought up in Southern Rhodesia before moving to Britain in 1949. Her first novel The Grass is Singing, set in the African bush of her childhood years, was published in 1950, to be followed by more than 50 others, some of them pseudonymous, and encompassing every conceivable genre. Always staunch in her refusal to be categorised, Lessing has been variously regarded as a feminist firebrand, a radical, and a reactionary. On hearing that she had been awarded the Nobel Prize, her initial response was, famously, ‘Oh Christ!’, followed by a more measured ‘I'm 88 years old and they can't give the Nobel to someone who's dead, so I think they were probably thinking they'd probably better give it to me now before I've popped off.’ The Swedish Academy’s own citation described her as ‘that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.’

The Good Terrorist

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

A group of squatters rebel against Mrs Thatcher and erupt into violence in this politicised novel from the author of `The Golden Notebook’.

The Fifth Child

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

A classic tale from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, of a family torn apart by the arrival of Ben, their feral fifth child.

The Grass is Singing

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing’s first novel is a taut and tragic portrayal of a crumbling marriage, set in South Africa during the years of Arpartheid.

The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The landmark novel of the Sixties – a powerful account of a woman searching for her personal, political and professional identity while facing rejection and betrayal.

Martha Quest

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The opening book in the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s `Children of Violence’ series tracing the life of Martha Quest from her childhood in colonial Africa to old ...

The Diaries of Jane Somers

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

First published in 1984, under a pseudonym, as The Diary of a Good Neighbour’ andIf the Old Could ...’, now published as `The Diaries of Jane Somers’, this is in many ...

Love, Again

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

A fierce, compelling account of the nature and origins of love from Doris Lessing, one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century and winner of the Nobel Pize for ...

The Sweetest Dream

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

Nobel Prize for Literature winner Doris Lessing tackles the 1960s and their legacy head-on in one of her most involving, personal, political novels.

The Four-Gated City

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The fifth and final book in the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s `Children of Violence’ series tracing the life of Martha Quest from her childhood in colonial Africa ...

The Grandmothers

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

Four novellas by Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, that once again show her to be unequalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.

Ben, in the World

Doris Lessing

Elizabeth Lowry writes:

When Doris Lessing brought out the first two volumes of her autobiography, Under My Skin (1994) and Walking in the Shade (1997), she did so, as she explained, partly in ...

On Cats

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

A collection of charming and celebrated writings about cats, from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A Small Personal Voice

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

An essential and definitive collection of the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s finest essays, reviews, reminiscences and interviews from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

A Proper Marriage

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The second book in the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s `Children of Violence’ series tracing the life of Martha Quest from her childhood in colonial Africa to old age ...

Landlocked

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The fourth book in the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s `Children of Violence’ series tracing the life of Martha Quest from her childhood in colonial Africa to old age ...

A Ripple from the Storm

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The third book in the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s `Children of Violence’ series tracing the life of Martha Quest from her childhood in colonial Africa to old age ...

The Cleft

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, invites us to imagine a mythical society free from sexual intrigue, free from jealousy, free from petty rivalries: a ...

Doris Lessing Stories

Doris Lessing Trust

From the publisher:

Rich and various in mood and background – the settings range across England and France – these stories powerfully convey the uncompromising insight, intelligence and ...

Alfred and Emily

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

Doris Lessing’s first book after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature revisits her childhood in Southern Africa and the lives, both fictional and factual, that her ...

The Sirian Experiments

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

The third in Doris Lessing’s visionary novel cycle “Canopus in Argos: Archives”. It is a mix of fable, futuristic fantasy and pseudo-documentary accounts of ...

In Pursuit of the English

Doris Lessing

From the publisher:

By turns, an unsparing and joyous account of life in a postwar London rooming house by Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007.