golden

Doris Lessing, the Persian-born novelist, brought up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) died this morning. She is best-known for her novel The Golden Notebook but wrote many first-class novels during her long career. We had listened to her on an old Desert Island Discs just a couple of weeks ago (you can download/listen to it here), in which she talked about about how she tried to trick biographers in her autobiography and how she had not written The Golden Notebook as a feminist novel and that it had only acquired its feminist reputation sometime after publication. She will be remembered as one of the great English novelists.