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The Golden Notebook


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The striking reissue of this classic Lessing novel. Widely regarded as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. / One of the biggest books of the last century -- 'The Golden Notebook' is a beautiful, stirring novel about one woman's search for her own personal identity as she meticulously records her life in five different notebooks. / Doris Lessing is acknowledged to be one of the greatest writers of our times, by readers, critics and booksellers the world over. / 'The Golden Notebook' has sold over 84,000 copies in the UK since publication. / Competition: Nadine Gordimer, Iris Murdoch, Susan Sontag, AS Byatt

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Doris Lessing is widely recognized as one of the greatest writers of the second half of the twentieth century.


'At the beginning of the Sixties, this vast, frank, complicated novel helped to sustain our reputation for courageous, ambitious, experimental writing. Soon a worldwide bestseller, it is still Lessing's finest work. "The Golden Notebook" captured the heady mix of the early Sixties, when not just novels but political certainties were dissolving. The rising feminist movement seized it as a Bible.' Mail on Sunday 'Her greatest work!Shows the power of the female imagination at full throttle. It doesn't bear a simple political message but it does rip off the masks that women were accustomed to wearing, and it shows up the dangers and difficulties that women encounter if they try to live a free life in a man's world!A landmark novel, a book that both changed and explained a generation!One of the finest writers of the century.' Independent 'Doris Lessing is a pioneer of feminist self-consciousness in its raw state!The truths contained in "The Golden Notebook" are indeed harsh. It can also be said that these particular truths have not been examined in so rigorous and exemplary a fashion since the first appearance of this extraordinary book. A seminal work.' Anita Brookner, LRB '"The Golden Notebook" is the diary of a writer in shock, a young woman determined to forge a life as a "free woman", as an "intellectual". Doris Lessing is a writer of considerable power, someone who can close her eyes and "give" a situation by the sheer force of her emotional energy.' Joan Didion, New York Times

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