Instead of a Letter - Diana Athill

Instead of a Letter - Diana Athill


An Autobiography

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Diana Athill, at an earlier age than is usual for retrospection, has written this autobiography in order to discover the truth about herself and about what her life has been for. Her book is uncompromisingly honest. Yet although she discusses with unusual frankness matters not usually discussed by conventionally-reared daughters of British colonels, she is never embarrassing because nothing embarrasses her.

The people in Diana Athill's book live: her family, her colleagues in London publishing, and the man who played the leading part in her life. From the years of her rich country childhood, through the good times at Oxford in the thirties, and the bleak ones of surviving the war, love remained her first preoccupation - love, and loss. The question at the heart of this book is why, when so much has been lost, does life still seem worth living. Reading this book, with its astonishing honesty and its almost brutal  self-examination, one feels that the writing of it enabled the author to discover what her life has been for. The reader is acutely aware that beneath her excellent powers of description there is a woman of wit and vitality who has always kept a sense of perspective and humour.

Format: Hardcover with jacket

Inscribed: N

Pages: 192

Publisher: The Reprint Society

Publication Date: 1965 from 1963 Copyright

ISBN: not disclosed

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