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Diana Athill (1917–2019)

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

15+ Works 2,253 Membros 104 Críticas 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 por Diana Athill

Stet (2000) 468 exemplares
Instead of a Letter: A Memoir (1963) 274 exemplares
Yesterday Morning (2002) 127 exemplares
Don't Look at Me Like That (1967) 113 exemplares
Midsummer Night in the Workhouse (2011) 91 exemplares
After a Funeral (1986) 81 exemplares
A Florence Diary (2016) 70 exemplares
Make Believe: A True Story (1993) 46 exemplares
Athill Diana 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Jean Rhys: The Complete Novels (1985) — Introdução, algumas edições331 exemplares
Beer in the Snooker Club (1964) — Introdução, algumas edições185 exemplares
Granta 85: Hidden Histories (2004) — Contribuidor — 171 exemplares
My Blue Notebooks (1977) — Tradutor, algumas edições166 exemplares
Granta 93: God's Own Countries (2006) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Granta 69: The Assassin (2000) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
The Persephone Book of Short Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Granta 98: The Deep End (2007) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
Granta 147: 40th Birthday Special (2019) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 28: Happy Ever After (2010) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Early Novels (1984) — Introdução — 27 exemplares
Les cigarettes égyptiennes (2018) — Tradutor — 1 exemplar


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)
Prémios e menções honrosas
OBE, 2009

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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.



"It ain't no sin
To take off your skin
And dance about
In your bones"
Edgar Leslie

With this intro, Diana Athill with honesty and charm writes of her life from the vantage of being 89. I enjoyed learning about the bad bits just as much as the joys, the gossip and the truths.
featherbooks | 37 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
An interesting woman leading an interesting life, I did not want it to end.
featherbooks | 17 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
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 | 37 outras críticas | Mar 21, 2024 |
Pleasant enough but unessential.
elahrairah | 37 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |



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