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Yesterday Morning: A Very English Childhood

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Publisher Comments:

Diana Athill has written three memoirs which have been acclaimed as classics for their insight, candour and wit: Instead of a Letter, After a Funeral, and most recently, Stet — An Editor's Life.

In Yesterday Morning she goes back to the beginning, in a sharp evocation of a childhood unfashionably filled with happiness — a Norfolk country house, servants, the pleasures of horses, the unfolding secrets of adults and sex. This is England in the 1920s, seen (with a clear and unsentimental eye) from the vantage point of England today. It was a privileged and loving life: did it equip her to be happy?

Review:

"I've found myself unable to forget this gracefully written, clear-eyed, and beguiling reminiscence." Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic review)

Review:

"Athill's writing is like a really good apple: crisp, juicy, at once sweet and tart. She describes youthful games and discoveries in a voice that manages to combine delighted immediacy and ironic distance....The book feels at times like a grab bag, a collection of all the odds and ends Athill traces to her early years." Janice P. Nimura, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Athill's honesty in describing her feelings as a young girl and an old woman makes her memoir universal. The humiliations of being young, the fear of looking silly, will strike a chord with anyone who remembers growing up." The Independent (U.K.)

Review:

"A compulsively readable memoir of a golden age." The Times (London)

Review:

"Athill has added importantly to those works of literature which illuminate the vagaries of human emotion." Daily Telegraph (London)

Synopsis:

In her fourth memoir, Diana Athill evokes a traditional English childhood unfashionably filled with happiness. Her memories include a Norfolk country house, servants, the pleasure and companionship of horses, and the ever mysterious unfoldings of the secrets of adults and sex. Her candid and unsentimental account brings 1920s England vividly to life as it asks readers the question: Does a privileged and loving childhood equip one for happiness?

Synopsis:

In her fourth memoir, Diana Athill evokes a traditional English childhood unfashionably filled with happiness. Her memories include a Norfolk country house, servants, the pleasure and companionship of horses, and the ever mysterious unfoldings of the secrets of adults and sex. Her candid and unsentimental account brings 1920s England vividly to life as it asks readers the question: Does a privileged and loving childhood equip one for happiness? ?Athill has added importantly to those works of literature which illuminate the vagaries of human emotion.? ? Daily Telegraph (London)

About the Author

Diana Athill was born in Norfolk in 1917 and educated at home until she was fourteen. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and graduated in 1939. She spent the war years working at the BBC Overseas Service in the News Information Department. After the war she met André Deutsch and fell into publishing. She worked as an editor, first at Allan Wingate and then at André Deutsch, until her retirement at the age of 75 in 1993.

Her books include An Unavoidable Delay, a collection of short stories published in 1962, and two 'documentary' books — After A Funeral and Make Believe. Stet is a memoir of Diana Athill's fifty-year career in publishing. Granta has also reissued a memoir, Instead of a Letter, and her only novel, Don't Look at Me Like That. She lives in Primrose Hill in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781862074842
Publisher:
Granta Books
Location:
London
Author:
Athill, Diana
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Editors
Subject:
Women authors, English
Subject:
Norfolk
Subject:
Women editors
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Series Volume:
71-0077
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.77x5.58x.77 in. .65 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Granta - English 9781862074842 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I've found myself unable to forget this gracefully written, clear-eyed, and beguiling reminiscence." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "Athill's writing is like a really good apple: crisp, juicy, at once sweet and tart. She describes youthful games and discoveries in a voice that manages to combine delighted immediacy and ironic distance....The book feels at times like a grab bag, a collection of all the odds and ends Athill traces to her early years."
"Review" by , "Athill's honesty in describing her feelings as a young girl and an old woman makes her memoir universal. The humiliations of being young, the fear of looking silly, will strike a chord with anyone who remembers growing up."
"Review" by , "A compulsively readable memoir of a golden age."
"Review" by , "Athill has added importantly to those works of literature which illuminate the vagaries of human emotion."
"Synopsis" by , In her fourth memoir, Diana Athill evokes a traditional English childhood unfashionably filled with happiness. Her memories include a Norfolk country house, servants, the pleasure and companionship of horses, and the ever mysterious unfoldings of the secrets of adults and sex. Her candid and unsentimental account brings 1920s England vividly to life as it asks readers the question: Does a privileged and loving childhood equip one for happiness?
"Synopsis" by , In her fourth memoir, Diana Athill evokes a traditional English childhood unfashionably filled with happiness. Her memories include a Norfolk country house, servants, the pleasure and companionship of horses, and the ever mysterious unfoldings of the secrets of adults and sex. Her candid and unsentimental account brings 1920s England vividly to life as it asks readers the question: Does a privileged and loving childhood equip one for happiness? ?Athill has added importantly to those works of literature which illuminate the vagaries of human emotion.? ? Daily Telegraph (London)
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