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Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir

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Hailed as "a virtuoso exercise" ), this book reflects candidly, sometimes with great humor, on the condition of being old. Charming readers, writers, and critics alike, the memoir won the Costa Award for Biography and made Athill, now ninety-one, a surprising literary star. Diana Athill is one of the great editors in British publishing. For more than five decades she edited the likes of V. S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys, for whom she was a confidante and caretaker. As a writer, Athill has made her reputation for the frankness and precisely expressed wisdom of her memoirs. Now in her ninety-first year, "entirely untamed about both old and new conventions" ) and freed from any of the inhibitions that even she may have once had, Athill reflects candidly, and sometimes with great humor, on the condition of being old--the losses and occasionally the gains that age brings, the wisdom and fortitude required to face death. Distinguished by "remarkable intelligence...[and the] easy elegance of her prose" (), this short, well-crafted book, hailed as "a virtuoso exercise" () presents an inspiring work for those hoping to flourish in their later years.

Synopsis:

Winner of the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography and a bestseller: a prize-winning, critically acclaimed memoir on life and aging --"An honest joy to read" (Alice Munro).

About the Author

Born in 1917 and educated at Oxford University, Diana Athill has written several memoirs, including Instead of a Letter, After a Funeral, Somewhere Towards the End, and the New York Times Notable Book Stet, about her fifty-year career in publishing. She lives in London and was recently appointed an Officer of the British Empire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393338003
Author:
Athill, Diana
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.10x5.40x.50 in. .40 lbs.

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