The grande dame of English literature - one of her finest short story collections. Doris Lessing is unrivalled in her ability to capture the truth from the complexities of relationships, and the stories in this wonderful collection have lost none of their original power.
Two marriages, both middle class, liberal and "rather literary", share a shocking flaw, a secret "cancer". A young, beautiful woman from a working class family is courted by a very eligible, very upmarket man. An ageing actress falls in love for the first time but can only express her feelings through her stage performances because her happily married lover is unobtainable. A dedicated, lifelong rationalist is tempted, after the death of his father, by the comforts of religious belief.
In this magnificent collection of stories, which spans four decades, Doris Lessing's unique gift for observation, her wit, her compassion and remarkable ability to illuminate the complexities of human life are all remarkably displayed.