Alfred and emily is a book by doris lessing in a new hybrid form part fiction part notebook part memoir it was first published in 2008 the book is based on the lives of lessings parents. Alfred and emily doris lessing on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers i think my fathers rage at the trenches took me over when i was very young and has never left me do children feel their parents emotions yes. Based on the personalities of her parents doris lessings alfred and emily is a thoroughly plausible depiction of what is largely known of life in england in a particular period of time based on the stories others have chosen to tell. Alfred tayler and emily mcveagh are the writers parents and this is a book of two halves the first section is a novelists game of might have beens lessing removes all the frustrations that circumscribed her growing up in rhodesia and gives alfred and emily the lives they wanted for themselves the second section is another honest . Alfred and emily is an intimate and revealing book by doris lessing the winner of the 2007 nobel prize in literature and author of the grass is singing and the golden notebook that explores the lives of her parents each irrevocably damaged by the great war after beginning with a novella that portrays the happier life her parents would have
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