Lessing Unable to Attend Nobel Ceremony

Doris Lessing’s bad back is keeping her from attending her Nobel Prize investiture ceremony in Stockholm next week, according to the BBC.

The 88-year-old author is unable to travel to the Swedish capital on 10 December because she is suffering from a bad back, the Nobel Foundation said.

Lessing, the oldest writer to win the award, will be presented with the $1.5m (£725,000) prize in London.

British playwright Harold Pinter was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness after winning in 2005.