Motherhood was understandably a touchy subject for Doris Lessing. I have no intention of judging her because I don’t know the truth of her circumstances when she left her children behind. She certainly seems to have been attentive to a later child. Still, her pronouncement - and from a writer of her stature it can feel like the last word on the subject – her pronouncement irritates me. Which is not to say she was wrong necessarily.