Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!
The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency and capitalism. With a nuanced sense of the intersections between the personal and the political, Nobel laureate Doris Lessing creates in The Good Terrorist a compelling portrait of domesticity and rebellion.
“Powerful, effective, and page-turningly suspenseful.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“One of the best novels in English I have read about the terrorist mentality and the inner life of a revolutionary group.” —Alison Lurie, The New York Review of Books
“A fine novel, a work of strong and scrupulous realism, absolutely contemporary. . . . What set of circumstances will produce a terrorist act? Lessing provides a convincing explanation.” —Marilynne Robinson, The Washington Post Book World
“Engrossing. . . . It bristles with arresting situations and observations of character.” —Newsweek