Unless you have been living in a cave for the past week, the sad news about the passing of Doris Lessing at the grand old age of 94 will no doubt have already reached your bookish ears.
A great thinker and remarkable woman; communist, feminist and Nobel Laureate, Lessing has been an icon and role model for many throughout her long, exciting lifetime and I for one am in awe of her. Because I am completely pants however, I have to confess here and now that I have never read any of her huge (and undoubtedly important) back catalogue. (Simon’s lament on the same neglect he’s shown Lessing’s work made me feel much better I must admit.)
The uncomfortable fact is that, now I have had her life and death rubbed in my face by every publication going, the need for me to rectify my error has become all the sharper. Along with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde, Doris Lessing needs to be an author to discover for 2014. I think The Golden Notebook might be a good starting point, get my feminist juices flowing…
#15 Doris Lessing by Maria Castelló Solbes via Flickr