Doris Lessing was born in Persia in 1919 and brought up in Rhodesia. She first came to England in 1949 and her first novel was published in 1950. She is now widely recognized as one of the greatest writers of the second half of the twentieth century.
'Magnificent ... an astouding book that sets out to chronicle the whole world of humanity, spirit, earth, stars, soul, virtue, evil, pre-Eden forever' Myrna Blumberg, The Times 'Profound, relevant and daring' Rachel Billington, Financial Times 'Shikasta is a piercing diagnosis of the unease spreading through our civilization. A powerful fable.' W.L. Webb, Guardian 'Shikasta is at once a brief history of the world, a tract against human destructiveness, an ode to the natural beauties of this earth and a hymn to the music of the spheres.' Time