Alfred and emily is a book by doris lessing in a new hybrid form part fiction part notebook part memoir it was first published in 2008 the book is based on the lives of lessings parents. Alfred and emily doris lessing on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers alfred and emily is an intimate and revealing book by doris lessing the winner of the 2007 nobel prize in literature and author of the grass is singing and the golden notebook. Based on the personalities of her parents doris lessings alfred and emily is a thoroughly plausible depiction of what is largely known of life in england in a particular period of time based on the stories others have chosen to tell. Her father wanted the simple life of an english farmer but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches and thereafter he had to wear a wooden leg her mother emily spent the war nursing the wounded in the royal free hospital after her great love a doctor drowned in the channel. Alfred and emily by doris lessing 274pp fourth estate 1699 the title suggests a memoir or novel joining the ranks of raymond briggss ethel and ernest roddy doyles rory and ita or
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