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key influences and themes

"a stressed and difficult childhood often produces writers because what such a childhood does is to teach children to be very aware and to observe everything and this is of course what you need to be a writer"
Doris Lessing

Although Lessing had a wonderful childhood growing up in the Bush, there were tensions in the family, particularly in her relationship with her mother. Lessing started to write when she was seven years old and believes that this tension helped her develop as a writer..

"By the time I was 5 I'd already done all this travelling, starting from Tehran and ending up on the farm, I was on the move the whole time. Now this was absolutely invaluable to me and if there are tensions in the family that teaches children to watch. You can often see children watching, watching, watching and I think that's a good preparation if you want to be a writer... "
Doris Lessing



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