Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing (Paperback)
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Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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How might we live more freely, and will we be happier or lonelier if we do?

Rereading The Golden Notebook in her thirties, Lara Feigel discovered that Doris Lessing spoke directly to her as a woman, writer and mother in a way that no other novelist had done.

Veering between admiration and fury at the choices Lessing made, Feigel conducts a dazzling investigation into the joys and costs of sexual, psychological, intellectual and political freedom.

The result is this genre-defying book: at once a meditation on life and literature and a daring act of self-exposure.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408878576
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fascinating mix of literary criticism, cultural history and memoir ... Highly enjoyable' - The Sunday Times

'An extraordinary meditation on what it means to be a clever, engaged woman two generations after Lessing ... A classical, precise use of language ... Most compelling ... Physically and intellectually intimate' - Patrick French, The Guardian 

'Free Woman is a valuable and brave contribution to a discussion that shows no sign of resolution' - Stephanie Merritt, The Observer 

'The most intriguing and certainly the bravest work of literary scholarship I have ever read' - Deborah Levy

'Ironic, beautiful and rather moving' - Joanna Kavenna, The Literary Review 

'Free Woman is not a biography, but the same artistic process is at work: as a biographer, you think you are going to possess your subject, but they always end up possessing you. It's fertile ground, and Feigel a fine explorer. I really enjoyed this book.' - Sara Wheeler, The Spectator 

'Lara Feigel's Free Woman has taken on the formidable Doris for a new generation ... Feigel has the gift of converting complex thoughts into coherent sentences that delight' - The Times 

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