In 2007, she became the oldest author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at the age of 88, and was only the 11th woman to win the award.She later described winning the Nobel prize as a "bloody disaster", and turned down a Damehood.
Ms. Lessing famously poked fun at the judges for snubbing her work 40 years earlier. She joked: "So now they've decided they're going to give it to me. So why? I mean, why do they like me any better now than they did then?"
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