In 1985, Doris Lessing was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for her compelling contemporary satire about the contradictions and self-delusion at the heart of political idealism

Set in 1980s London, a loose-knit group of political vagabonds form an ill-defined and volatile underground. Drifting from one cause to the next, they occupy abandoned houses, demonstrate and picket, devise strategies to fit situations that may or may not arise. But, within this world, one small group of men and women - whose deepest conviction seems to rest in a sense of their own largely untested radicalism - is moving inexorably toward active terrorism.

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The Good Terrorist, in Doris Lessing's own words