Doris Lessing dies aged 94

Doris Lessing, the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature which she gained in 2007
for her life's work when she was aged 88, has died.

She was only the 11th
woman to receive the prize. Her publishers issued a statement that she had "passed
away peacefully at her London home in the early hours of this morning". After
learning she had won the award, she said she was "very glad" but remembered
that she had earlier been told the Nobel Prize committee did not like her and
she would never win one.

She was the author of The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. Her
debut novel The Grass is Singing was published in 1950.

"Doris Lessing was a one of the great writers of our age," said Charlie Redmayne, CEO of
Harper Collins. "She was a compelling storyteller with a fierce intellect and a
warm heart who was not afraid to fight for what she believed in."

Many leading authors have paid tribute to Lessing. Professor Lisa Jardine described her as "one
of our very greatest writers".

She is survived by her daughter Jean and granddaughters Anna and Susannah.