Winning a Nobel was a disaster

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has said winning the prestigious award in 2007 had been a “bloody disaster“.

The increased media interest in her has meant that writing a full novel was next to impossible, she told Radio 4’s Front Row. Lessing, 88, also said she would probably now be giving up writing novels altogether. Her latest book is the partly fictional memoir entitled Alfred and Emily.

Since her Nobel win she has been constantly in demand, she said. “All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed.” Speaking about her writing, she said: “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.” Lessing is the 11th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in its 106-year history. Her best known works include The Golden Notebook and The Good Terrorist.

The disaster is that she’s not writing anymore and makes you think the cost of these …ten minutes for the ones who could do without the Hollywood style fame.

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