Synopses & Reviews
As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot-- tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront or forgive him. Evoking perfectly the picturesque country setting of her youth, this fearless and profoundly honest story of love and modern womanhood marks the beginning of Athill's brilliant literary career.
"[T]his book, one of two earlier memoirs that have now been reissued, shows that her talent has been evident for decades. Supple, frank, unafraid of contradictions, her literary voice has all the courageous intelligence one associates with a certain type of British writer but none of the chill." The New Yorker
A classic memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller Somewhere Towards the End.
As a young woman, Athill was engaged to an air force pilot. "Instead of a Letter" tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront or forgive him.
A classic memoir by the author of the bestseller .
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.