Anna Wulf is a young novelist with writer's block. Divorced, with a young child, and disillusioned by unsatisfactory relationships, she feels her life is falling apart. Fearing the onset of madness, she records her experiences in four coloured notebooks. The black notebook addresses her problems as a writer; the red her political life; the yellow her relationships and emotions; and the blue becomes a diary of everyday events. But it is the fifth notebook - the Golden Notebook - which is the key to her recovery and renaissance.
Bold and illuminating, fusing sex, politics, madness and motherhood, THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK is at once a wry and perceptive portrait of the intellectual and moral climate of the 1950s - a society on the brink of feminism - and a powerful and revealing account of a woman searching for her own personal and political identity.
About the Author
Doris Lessing was born in Persia in 1919 and brought up in Rhodesia. She first came to England in 1949 and her first novel was published in 1950. She is now widely recognised as one of the greatest writers of the second half of the twentieth century.
""The Golden Notebook" is Doris Lessing's most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women." -- Elizabeth Hardwick, "New York Times Book Review""The most absorbing and exciting piece of new fiction I have read in a decades; it moves with the beat of our time, and it is true." -- Irving Howe, "New Republic""No ordinary work of fiction...The technique, in a word, is brilliant." -- "Saturday Review"