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Duration: 30 minutes

In this wide-ranging interview, Michael Dean talks to author Doris Lessing in her Cricklewood home. Lessing, whose novels include The Grass Is Singing, The Golden Notebook and the Canopus in Argos: Archives science fiction series, discusses the many changes that have taken place in her literary work, personal life and political allegiance with great candour.

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Wed 7 May 1980 18:55 BBC Two

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    Doris Lessing was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. At the time, she was only the 11th woman to have received the prestigious award in the prize's 106-year history.
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Michael Dean
Doris Lessing
John Archer


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