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Dealing with an alien child


The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing Writer
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Now... like The Golden Notebook. The Golden Notebook  is a book which has a kind of a life of its own, a very lively life of its own, and it's because at the time I wrote it, it was a time of such contradictions, of such impossibilities. This was when all the comrades were finding out about how awful the Soviet Union was. It was full of disappointments, sadness, anger; it was... that was in The Golden Notebook, and that's the charge of The Golden Notebook. I know it, other people will know it, but the people who read it now... they are funny... they're reprinting The Golden Notebook, what a funny... after all these years. Well, I know why. That book has all these emotions in it. As I say, you tell this to any writer, and they will understand it exactly.

British writer Doris Lessing (1919-2013) was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her novels include 'The Grass is Singing', 'The Golden Notebook', and five novels collectively known as 'Canopus in Argos'. She was described by the Swedish Academy as 'that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny'. Lessing was the 11th woman and the oldest ever person to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: The Golden Notebook, Soviet Union

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2007

Date story went live: 21 October 2011