The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

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This book, as well as the couple that followed it, enters the realm of what Margaret Drabble in The Oxford Companion to English Literature has called Lessing's "inner space fiction", her work that explores mental and societal breakdown. The book also contains a powerful anti-war and anti-Stalinist message, an extended analysis of communism and the Communist Party in England from the 1930s to the 1950s, and a famed examination of the budding sexual and women's liberation movements.

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The 134th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 24th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  2. - 29th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  3. - 59th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  4. - 61st on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  5. - 76th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  6. - 89th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  7. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at
  8. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  9. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  10. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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