You have to admire a woman who says, upon winning the Nobel Prize in Literature,
"I'm 88 years old and they can't give the Nobel to someone who's dead, so I think they were probably thinking they'd probably better give it to me now before I've popped off."
Lessing brightened when a reporter asked whether the Nobel would generate interest in her work.
"I'm very pleased if I get some new readers," she said. "Yes, that's very nice, I hadn't thought of that."
She's got one new reader, for sure. I'll be picking up one of her books next time I go to the bookstore.
The Nobel? Just what I need - another bloody prize.