Lessing brands her Nobel a 'bloody disaster'

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 08:49

London, May 13: British writer Doris Lessing has labeled winning the Nobel Prize in 2007 a 'bloody disaster'.

The reason, she told Radio 4's Front Row, was because with the increased media attention she found that writing a full novel was next to impossible.

Lessing, 88, has said that she would probably be giving up writing novels altogether, with her latest book being the partly fictional memoir entitled 'Alfred and Emily'.

Ever since her Nobel win, Lessing has constantly been in demand and she is also giving up on her writing, as she just does not have the energy anymore.

"All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed," BBC quoted her as having told Radio 4's Front Row.

"It has stopped, I don't have any energy any more.

"This is why I keep telling anyone younger than me, don't imagine you'll have it forever.

"Use it while you've got it because it'll go, it's sliding away like water down a plughole," she added.

In its 106-year history, Lessing is the 11th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

She also recalled how in the 1960s, she had been informed that the Nobel Academy's judges did not like her and she would never win.

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First Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 08:49
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