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Diana Athill (1917–2019)

Autor(a) de Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir

15+ Works 2,248 Membros 102 Reviews 8 Favorited

About the Author

Diana Athill was born in England on December 21, 1917. She was educated at Oxford University. During World War II, she as a researcher with the BBC. She worked as an editor at Allan Wingate and then at André Deutsch. Athill started writing autobiography in her early 40s. Her memoir, Instead of a mostrar mais Letter, was published in 1962. Her other memoirs included After a Funeral; Make Believe; Alive, Alive Oh!; Stet; Yesterday Morning; and A Florence Diary. Somewhere Towards the End won a Costa Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other works included a volume of short stories entitled An Unavoidable Delay and a novel entitled Don't Look at Me Like That. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2009. She died on January 23, 2019 at the age of 101. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Diana Athill

Stet (2000) 466 cópias
Instead of a Letter: A Memoir (1963) 273 cópias
Yesterday Morning (2002) 127 cópias
Don't Look at Me Like That (1967) 112 cópias
After a Funeral (1986) 81 cópias
A Florence Diary (2016) 70 cópias
Make Believe: A True Story (1993) 46 cópias
Athill Diana 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Jean Rhys: The Complete Novels (1985) — Introdução, algumas edições331 cópias
Beer in the Snooker Club (1964) — Introdução, algumas edições185 cópias
Granta 85: Hidden Histories (2004) — Contribuinte — 170 cópias
My Blue Notebooks (1977) — Tradutor, algumas edições166 cópias
Granta 93: God's Own Countries (2006) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Granta 69: The Assassin (2000) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
The Persephone Book of Short Stories (2012) — Contribuinte — 120 cópias
Granta 98: The Deep End (2007) — Contribuinte — 99 cópias
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
Early Novels (1984) — Introdução — 27 cópias
Les cigarettes égyptiennes (2018) — Tradutor — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Kensington, London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Highgate, London, England, UK
Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk, England, UK
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (AB|English|1936)
literary editor
short story writer
Reckord, Barry (lover)
BBC Overseas Service
Allan Wingate
Andre Deutsch (founding director ∙ 1952-1993)
OBE, 2009
Pequena biografia
Diana Athill was born in London and was raised at Ditchingham Hall in Norfolk. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1939. As World War II began she was hired as a researcher for the BBC, where she stayed through the end of the war.
After the war, Athill joined her friend André Deutsch in establishing his first publishing firm Allan Wingate, where she served as an editor. Five years later, in 1952, she was a founding director of Deutsch’s next publishing company, which bore his name. At André Deutsch, Athill worked closely with many authors, including Jean Rhys, John Updike, Mordecai Richler, Brian Moore, V.S. Naipaul, and Molly Keane.
After a 50-year career in publishing, Athill retired from André Deutsch in 1993 at the age of 75. She wrote two volumes of short stories as well as a novel. However, she was best known for her autobiographical works and memoirs.



Delightful and succint insights and reflections from a woman reaching her late 80s. She has a positive outlook, intentionally so, accepting of the dwindling energy and appetites of age, but finding plenty still to take satisfaction in. If anything, she’s inclined to be a bit complacent or indulgent of her lot (smug, she says) but her poised and spirited phrases and descriptions are a joy: arresting, stimulating, and comforting in their graceful and candid delineation of our common humanity. The prose has a lush feel, and yet is ultimately rather thin in that not much really takes hold (as I was able to note on an almost-immediate reread, returning for more depth than was actually to be found). But dipping in to any page will bring pleasure.… (mais)
eglinton | outras 36 resenhas | Mar 21, 2024 |
Pleasant enough but unessential.
elahrairah | outras 36 resenhas | Feb 1, 2024 |
I have enjoyed all of Diana Athill's books and hope she will publish her correspondence with Jean Rhys. This book is more of a hodge-podge than the others, but if you're still writing lively, honest prose at age 100, who cares?
fmclellan | outras 11 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Great read and insight into the mind and life of a honest London publisher/editor
MarilynKinnon | outras 16 resenhas | Dec 30, 2023 |



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