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Somewhere Towards the End

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Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2008.

The sixth instalment of this great lady’s life. She was the backbone of the publishing house Andre Deutsch and even though, being in the business, I am naturally drawn to this, I do heartily recommend it to everyone. She has a fluidity to her writing, a view of life which is so refreshing and an attitude to old age, which is what is discussed here, that should be a template for us all.

Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "A graceful, clear-sighted and brave memoir entirely lacking in self-pity - this is a wise and wry take on exactly what it's like to grow old."

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 January 2009.

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Synopsis

Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

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.

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Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, New Statesman, Observer


About the Author

Diana Athill’s books include Yesterday Morning and Stet: An Editor’s Life. For fifty years she was the editorial director of André Deutsch, where she worked with such authors as Jean Rhys, Gitta Sereny and V. S. Naipaul. Her memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, was published by Granta Books in January 2008.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th December 2008

Author

Diana Athill

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
Autobiography: general

ISBN

9781847080691

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