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Recently Doris Lessing died at the ripe old age of 94 with more than 50 books to her name and 3 children, 2 of whom she abandoned to achieve her career dreams. So I find it interesting that she was later known for her humanitarian efforts – is it just me or is there something wrong with that picture?

Oh –  she also won a Nobel Prize for Literature at the age of 88 (oldest recipient) for her life’s work.

“The Grass Is Singing” was her first publication in the 1950’s, at the time a shocking story of life in Southern Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe.  That country banned her for 25 years but recently welcomed her with open arms.

I remember reading the story in the 60’s when I lived over the border, in Northern Rhodesia and being impressed with the characterizations  and ‘reality’ she managed to capture and share.

And now I find out she was a poet, as well!

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Isn’t it wonderful that London Underground have poems available for all to read?

One of my favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith has just released a book on W.H. Auden and the article about the book, mentions a poem I particularly like.  So I clicked the link and it took me to the Transport for London  website and a whole list of wonderful poems.

I believe it should be mandatory for all rail networks around the world to enrich the lives of their thousands of passengers with beautifully crafted, home-grown words.

Imagine what that would do for poetry book sales!

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Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘Tears of a Giraffe’

Alexander McCall Smith’s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency  books have the voice of my Africa – my childhood home, although set in nearby Botswana.  Alexander was also born in 1948 in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, the same year my brother Paddy (also a professor) was born in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia. I giggled with the characters through most of this one and others in the series or else wiped away tears – they’re written with such humanity…

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