Diana Athill made her reputation as a writer with the candour of her memoirs, now aged ninety, and freed from any inhibitions that even she may once have had, she reflects frankly on the losses and occasionally the gains that old age brings, and on the wisdom and fortitude required to face death.
This is a lively narrative of events, lovers and friendships: the people and experiences that have taught her to regret very little, to resist despondency and to question the beliefs and customs of her own generation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 182 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 04/12/2008
- Category: Autobiography: literary
- ISBN: 9781847080691
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Review by dylanwolf
Autobiographies are never really my favourite thing, but I do occasionally give one a spin. This gets a raspberry from me. Diana Athill is clearly an upper class lady who thinks quite highly of herself and has led a privileged life. Consequently I find her story a difficult one to warm to. Where is the humility? Nevertheless this book is quite an achievement for a ninety year old to complete. Ms Athill still has a sharp mind but I don't think I'd find her a sympathetic old lady.
Review by michalsuz
Well written, honest, and of course wonderful from a 90 year old, but not as interesting as I had hoped, nothing very original either in what she thinks or how she says it. Someone had complained that there was too much sex, but the sex content seemed to me mildly expressed and entirely acceptable. Didn't like Ms Athill herself very much - a cold fish, except with regard to her mother. Altogether, not thrilled.
Review by Adrianburke1
Unusual in terms of autobiography because here is less is more. She writes in riffs around a topic rather than just tediously plodding through everything which happened. Shrewd observational stuff.
Review by Summermoonstone
What an amazing woman! A book about getting old - and seeing the world through those eyes applying all the experience of life. A book of honesty and integrity and quiet wit. Can't praise it enough - feels as if I have made a new friend
Review by isabelx
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