Winning Nobel a Disaster: Lessing

Literature award has left British author with no peace and quiet—or time to write
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 9:24 AM CDT
British writer Doris Lessing outside her home in north London. She says she's exhausted by the demands made on her since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.    (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – Author Doris Lessing says winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 was a "bloody disaster" for her and her work. The 88-year-old author of The Good Terrorist and The Golden Notebook told the BBC she is in constant demand and has written little since winning. "All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed," she complained.

Of her writing, she said: "It has stopped, I don't have any energy any more. This is why I keep telling anyone younger than me, don't imagine you'll have it forever. Use it while you've got it because it'll go. It's sliding away like water down a plughole."