French appointed as Lessing biographer

French appointed as Lessing biographer

Historian Patrick French has been appointed as Doris Lessing’s new biographer.

Lessing died in November 2013 at the age of 94.

French is the author of The World Is What It Is: The Authorised Biography of V. S. Naipaul (Picador), which won the Hawthornden Prize and The National Book Critics Circle Award.

He has been appointed by the literary executors of Lessing’s estate.

During Lessing’s career she wrote dozens of novels and short story collections, including The Golden Notebook in 1962 and The Good Terrorist in 1985. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007.

In her will, Lessing said that she wanted the biographer Michael Holroyd to undertake the task of writing about her, but Holroyd stepped down from the role last year.

Lessing also said in her will that the diaries she wrote should be sealed throughout the lives of her children and from writer Jenny Diski, who Lessing took in as a child.