Doris Lessing has died

(21 Posts)
hackmum Sun 17-Nov-13 15:53:37

Very sad. Am a huge fan.

TheDoctrineOfWho Sun 17-Nov-13 15:54:11


Hullygully Sun 17-Nov-13 15:54:27

Oh me too.

I love Doris and all her works.

Twirlychair Sun 17-Nov-13 15:55:01

Oh how sad.

magimedi Sun 17-Nov-13 16:19:00

Am another fan of hers - an amazing writer.

ChloeBasset Sun 17-Nov-13 17:44:32

Her work was a real inspiration to me, a foundation to my way through life

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 17-Nov-13 18:47:27

I was fortunate enough to meet her once, briefly, a long time ago. She was lovely.

I saw this on the news earlier and thought that I should get some of her books out and re-read them.


Ilovexmastime Sun 17-Nov-13 18:54:20

I'm sorry to hear that, I've really enjoyed those books of hers that I've read.

mousmous Sun 17-Nov-13 18:56:32

very sad.
I actually met her without realising a few years ago. we lived in her part of town.
she seemed very nice (and she complemented me on my baby dc).

MistAllChuckingFrighty Sun 17-Nov-13 18:57:33

Oh, how sad. I am a fan too. sad

saragossa2010 Sun 17-Nov-13 19:45:52

She had a very significant impact on me as a teenager.

SkaterGrrrrl Sun 17-Nov-13 21:46:57

Amazing writer and an inspiring feminist too.

94 years, 50 novels and a nobel prize. Well done, that woman.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Sun 17-Nov-13 22:25:28

She is a legend, sad news.

MistAllChuckingFrighty Sun 17-Nov-13 22:25:49


What a fucking brilliant achievement.

hackmum Mon 18-Nov-13 08:53:28

Envious of those who met her - I always wanted to, but never did. She did always seem a bit intimidating, though, when I saw her speak in public.

My favourites? There are so many, but I loved The Golden Notebook, the Martha Quest series, The Good Terrorist and her two volumes of autobiography. There are also two non-fiction books that are very funny - the one about cats and one called In Pursuit of the English, about her initial impressions of London in the 50s. I don't normally think of Lessing as being a humorous writer so these are a real surprise.

lookatmycameltoe Mon 18-Nov-13 08:54:22

I've never read one of her books (although 'the grass is singing' and 'the golden notebook' have been in my wish list forever.

Any fans recommend a book of hers to start with?

peacefuleasyfeeling Tue 19-Nov-13 21:36:27

I am gutted! For so long I wanted to write her a letter, telling her just how much she meant to me, and I never got it together. She is much loved by all the women in my family. And Cameltoe, I would recommend the Canopus in Argos: Archives series, the first of which is Shikasta. This is actually science fiction, but it allows you to see her at her most insightful, radical, moving and humorous. It's a series of books to just get completely lost in (permission to leave rigour and analysis to one side and just allow yourself to be laid open to the Lessing-effect...), and come out feeling like you've just been washed clean somehow; intellect, heart and spirit. You have such a wonderful discovery ahead of you!

StrangeIdeas Wed 20-Nov-13 03:43:17

I love her books. I feel so sad - I cant write anymore.

hackmum Wed 20-Nov-13 08:35:19

lookatmycameltoe - The Good Terrorist is a cracking read. I think if I were you I might start with Martha Quest, as there are five books in the series and if you like the first one you can read the others!

Hullygully Wed 20-Nov-13 10:15:30

yy to Canopus in Argos, less known than the rest, but brilliant.

EduCated Wed 20-Nov-13 11:37:07

DP is writing a thesis on her at the moment. I'd never heard if her before, but she's become quite a part of our lives over the past few months sad We raised a glass to her Monday night. Will definitely take some of the recommended reads from here.

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