Alfred and emily is a book by doris lessing in a new hybrid form part fiction part notebook part memoir it was first published in 2008 the book is based on the lives of lessings parents. Alfred and emily a novella alfred taylor is a farmer who becomes affluent and marries a warm caring local read more published on october 26 2009 luc reynaert 50 out of 5 stars wars and victims on all fronts. Based on the personalities of her parents doris lessings alfred and emily is a thoroughly plausible depiction of what is largely known of life in england in a particular period of time based on the stories others have chosen to tell. Alfred and emily by doris lessing 274pp fourth estate 1699 the title suggests a memoir or novel joining the ranks of raymond briggss ethel and ernest roddy doyles rory and ita or . The books first half is a novella about an alfred and emily who flourished not together we soon learn in a peaceful prosperous britain the second half offers the nonfiction version
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