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Less is more

By Mary Fitzgerald  

Congratulations are in order for Doris Lessing, who today became the second British writer in the last three years to claim the Nobel prize for Literature, beating off stiff competition from hotly-tipped Philip Roth and Haruki Marukami.

Although not the bookies’ favourite, Lessing, now 87, was in many ways an obvious choice. Ever since her debut The Grass is Singing – a book that has lost none of its dazzling, terrifying brilliance since it was first published in 1950- she has been a fearless and uncompromising writer, and her outspoken criticism of apartheid ensured she was banned from South Africa…

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