P443 ORACLE 443 Sun 5 May C4 2020:15       1/3 Tonight's edition of Opinions at 9.50pm is presented by the novelist Doris Lessing. She was born in 1919 in Persia, of British parents, and when she was five the family moved to a farm in Southern Rhodesia. She left school at the age of 15 and worked first as a nursemaid, then later as a shorthand-typist and telephonist. She married young, but the marriage bro3j up and it was at that time that she first became actively involved in radical politics.  More in a moment 
P443 ORACLE 443 Sun 5 May C4 2021:51       2/3 After the collapse of her second marriage, in 1949 she left Rhodesia for England, taking her youngest child and the manuscript of her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, with her. From this time on she supported herself and her son with her writing. Amongst her many novels and short stories, the best-known are perhaps The Golden Notebook (1962) and the massive Children Of Violence sequence (1952 - 1969). Memoirs Of A Survivor (1975) has been filmed and was shown on C4 last year.  More in a moment 
P443 ORACLE 443 Sun 5 May C4 2020:01        3/3 Her most recent works have been the 'science-fiction' sequence Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979 onwards). Her works are characterised by an equal concern with politics and with mental and spiritual life. They can perhaps be seen as a literary attempt to tackle the problem which is at the centre of Marx's thought: to allow for the full development of human potential in every individual. Her unique imaginative landscape seems to result from a refusal to separate the depiction of 'external' reality from 'internal' states of mind.  By Michael Polling 