Revisiting Youth: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel the roughness of a carpet under smooth soles, a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh. – Doris Lessing In 1976 I was a single mother, aged 26, and […]

A Brief History of the Novel – Part Three

In the glad old days, before the rise of modern morbidities…it used to be thought a disadvantage to be misunderstood. ― G.K. Chesterton In the first two parts of this series, I gave a definition for the novel and traced its origins. We examined its evolution from 980 AD to the late 1800s. And along […]