Somewhere Towards the End

Somewhere Towards the End

Book - 2009
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Hailed as "a virtuoso exercise" (Sunday Telegraph), 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" (Literary Review) 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" (Daily Telegraph), this short, well-crafted book, hailed as "a virtuoso exercise" (Sunday Telegraph) presents an inspiring work for those hoping to flourish in their later years.
Publisher: London : Granta, 2009
ISBN: 9780393338003
9781847080691
1847080693
9780393067705
Branch Call Number: Biography B Ath

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reedstevens
Jan 12, 2015

Straight to my heart. I'm sending this to my oldest and dearest friend. With Atul Gawande's 'Being Mortal', a satisfying dinner.

ser_library Jun 04, 2010

a clear sighted memoir covering the literary life

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bbullis
Nov 01, 2009

Worth rereading

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