Doris Lessing

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Bono in a  still from the film U2: An Cat Dubh.  Photograph:  IFI/Merry Doyle

For the first time in nearly 40 years, extended footage of U2 shot when they played the roof of an inner-city Dublin community centre in 1982 is to be(...)

Ian MacKenzie

Okay. We’ll give them Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina, Isabel Archer and Molly Bloom. And maybe some others down through the centuries. But the female voic(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Donald Trump. “Even in a profession famous for creative disingenuousness, the current US president has been cavalier with la vérité.” Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t worry. This is not another column about Donald Trump. But you’ve already spotted his name in it? You sense an argument involving the new preside(...)

Barack  Obama: the thing that brings people together to have the courage to take action  is not just that they care about the same issue, it’s that they have shared stories. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Q: These books that you gave to your daughter Malia on the Kindle, what were they? Some of your favourites? A: I think some of them were sort of th(...)

Hillary Clinton: in the running in spite of being a woman. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination. In 2008 she reached second place in the primaries, winnin(...)

Ketil Bjornstad: ‘Sometimes I also rent a hotel room to write in peace.’ Photograph: Benedicte Ugland/ketilbjornstad.com

Ketil Bjornstad is a Norwegian pianist, composer and author. ketilbjornstad.comWhat was the first book to make an impression on you?It must have been (...)

The End of the Affair: With plenty of reflection on the novel-writing process and insights into the obsessive mind of the writer, Maurice Bendrix (played in Neil Jordan’s film adapatation by Ralph Fiennes) is an intriguing antihero, loosely based on Graham Greene himself

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1951) Set in London, Greene’s novel follows writer Maurice Bendrix in the closing months of the second Wo(...)

Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

Doris Lessing on the doorstep of her London home after being told she had won the Nobel Prize for literature in October 2007.  Photograph:  Reuters

Doris Lessing, who has died aged 94, was one of the major fiction writers of the second half of the 20th century, producing dozens of novels, short st(...)

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