Writer and Reader in English at King’s College London

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


How might we live more freely, and will we be happier or lonelier if we do? Re-reading The Golden Notebook in her thirties, shortly after Doris Lessing’s death, Lara Feigel discovered that Lessing spoke directly to her as a woman, a writer, and a mother in a way that no other novelist had done. At a time when she was dissatisfied with the conventions of her own life, Feigel was enticed by Lessing’s vision of freedom.


‘An extraordinary meditation on what it means to be a clever, engaged woman two generations after Lessing’

Lara Feigel