The Wall

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The Wall

Friday, 22 May 2020

This week’s theme, The Wall, is a bit of a cheat! Instead of being suggested by a quote, it comes from an entire book, The Memoirs of A Survivor by Doris Lessing.

It’s a dystopian novel set in a near future Britain after an unspecified disaster known as ‘The Crisis’. (Not too different from where we are today some might say!) As the narrator charts the disintegration of society she periodically meditates on a wall in her flat, enabling her to traverse time and space. Whilst one reviewer labelled the book a failure, Marleen S Barr* argues feminist science fiction novels such as this provide an alternate viewpoint that "dissolve walls that imprison women within a sexist reality."

Thanks to Emma Gibbons for the idea. We’d welcome your suggestions of inspirational quotes by/about women – just email them to