Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, in 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books-novels, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
"A hair-raising tale...as full of twists and shocks as any page turner could desire." -Time"Terse and chilling.... A witch's brew of conflicting fears." -The New York Review of Books"A horror story of maternity and the nightmare of social collapse.... A moral fable of the genre that includes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four." -The New York Times Book Review