So utterly superb. Doris Lessing wins the Nobel Prize for Literature:
Permanent Secretary Horace Engdahl said, “I think it was a big surprise to everyone and probably to herself. She was not home when I phoned, she is not waiting for my call.”
So much so that she was out shopping. And came back to a Reuters camera crew outside her house.
There’s a longer version of this clip here.
I feel sorry for her. She probably knows how appallingly invasive “newsgatherers” can be and the full horror of being in the spotlight. And she’s old. And probably rather tired. And almost certainly not entirely well-tempered. And it’s going to be annoying going down in history as the person who said “Oh Christ” when given the happy news. But it’s a great piece of video.