Somewhere Towards the End

Somewhere Towards the End
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Yayasan Obor Indonesia
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2009
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 039306770X

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An esteemed memoirist and one of the great editors in British publishing examines aging with the grace of Elegy for Iris and the wry irreverence of I Feel Bad About My Neck.

Stet

Stet
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-10-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780802191540

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For nearly five decades Diana Athill edited (nursed, coerced, coaxed) some of the most celebrated writers in the English language, among them V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Mordecai Richler, and Norman Mailer. A founding editor of the prestigious publishing house André Deutsch Ltd., Athill takes us on a guided tour through the corridors of literary London, offering a keenly observed, devilishly funny, and always compassionate insider’s portrait of the glories and pitfalls of making books. Stet is spiced with candid insights about the type of people who make brilliant writers and ingenious publishers, and the idiosyncrasies of both. It brims with Athill’s memories of serving as confidante, midwife, and sometime therapist to great literary figures: “Nobody who has read Jean Rhys’ first four novels can suppose that she was good at life; but no one who never met her could know how very bad she was at it”; “It was my job to listen to [Naipaul’s] unhappiness and do what I could to ease it—which would not have been too bad if there had been anything I could do.” Most of all it is Athill’s voice that captivates—intimate, lively, generous, humorous—the voice of a favorite aunt who is as warm and big-hearted as she is worldly and irreverent. Packed with delights, Stet is about the world of books, about people who write them and the process of making them, a world dissected with sharp an irresistible honesty. It is an invaluable contribution to the world of literature.

Alive Alive Oh

Alive  Alive Oh
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Granta Publications
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2015-11-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781783782550

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“Enchanting . . . Diana Athill, 98, still has a few things to teach us about growing old with dignity and humor and grace . . . Astute and sparkling.”—Associated Press Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. Released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property and free to settle into her remaining years, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old, and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years. What really matters in the end? Which memories stand out? As she approaches her 100th year, Athill recalls in sparkling, precise detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house; relates with humor, clarity and honesty her experiences of the First and Second World Wars and her trips to Europe as a young woman; and in the remarkable title chapter, describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost losing her life—and her gratitude and joy on discovering that she had survived. Alive, Alive Oh! is “so beautifully written and exquisitely detailed . . . [Athill] mines her memories of a life well-lived and generously lays them out on the page for the rest of the world to enjoy” (Star Tribune). “Witty, candid . . . If you haven’t read Athill, and open her latest book expecting serene reflections from a nonagenarian sipping tea in her garden, you’re in for a surprise.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Life Class

Life Class
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 784
Release: 2010
Genre: Authors, English
ISBN: 9781847081469

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Diana Athill, born in 1917, made her reputation as a writer with the candour of her memoirs; through her commitment, in her words, 'to understand, to be aware, to touch the truth'. In a celebration of her life and writing, Life Class brings together four of her best-loved memoirs in one volume, spanning her very English childhood, her life and loves during the Second World War, her publishing career at André Deutsch, and her reflections on old age. Introduced by Ian Jack, Diana Athill's selected memoirs are a remarkable testament to an unusual and fully lived life.

Letters to a Friend

Letters to a Friend
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2012-04-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780393062953

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Depicts the friendship between the author and the American poet Edward Field for over thirty years through a series of letters that include gossip about authors and mutual friends, their careers, and the art of writing.

Let s Take the Long Way Home

Let s Take the Long Way Home
Author: Gail Caldwell
Publsiher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-08-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780812979114

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER They met over their dogs. Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (author of Drinking: A Love Story) became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men. Walking the woods of New England and rowing on the Charles River, these two private, self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen. Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer. With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion, and courage in this gorgeous memoir about treasuring a best friend, and coming of age in midlife. Let’s Take the Long Way Home is a celebration of the profound transformations that come from intimate connection—and it affirms, once again, why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.

Instead of a Letter

Instead of a Letter
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2001
Genre: Authors, English
ISBN: 1862074542

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Diana Athill's childhood in the Norfolk countryside was blissful. In 1932, aged 15, she fell passionately in love with a young undergraduate. She went up to Oxford and was engaged to be married. Then everything fell apart in the cruellest possible way.

After A Funeral

After A Funeral
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2012-10-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781847087072

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This is the story of how and why a talented writer came to kill himself. When Diana Athill met the man she calls Didi, an Egyptian in exile, she fell in love instantly and out of love just as fast. Didi moved into her flat, they shared housework and holidays, and a life of easy intimacy seemed to beckon. But Didi's sweetness and intelligence soon revealed a darker side - he was a gambler, a drinker and a womanizer, impossible to live with but impossible to ignore. With painful honesty, Athill explores the three years they spent together, a period that culminated in Didi's suicide - in her home - an event he described in the journals he left for her to read as 'the one authentic act of my life'.

Dear Life

Dear Life
Author: Rachel Clarke
Publsiher: Abacus
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-09-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0349143935

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As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable. Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love. And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world.

Yesterday Morning

Yesterday Morning
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022-08-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 178378816X

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Stunning reissue of Diana Athill's candid memoir of her childhood.

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun
Author: Michael Gruenbaum,Todd Hasak-Lowy
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-04-25
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781442484870

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When the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia in 1941, twelve-year-old Michael and his family are deported from Prague to the Terezin concentration camp, where his mother's will and ingenuity keep them from being transported to Auschwitz and certain death.

Where I Live Now

Where I Live Now
Author: Sharon Butala
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-04-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781476790480

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An intimate and uplifting book about finding renewal and hope through grief and loss. “It was a terrible life; it was an enchanted life; it was a blessed life. And, of course, one day it ended.” —Sharon Butala In the tradition of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Diana Athill’s Somewhere Towards the End, and Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal comes a revelatory new book from one of our beloved writers. When Sharon Butala’s husband, Peter, died unexpectedly, she found herself with no place to call home. Torn by grief and loss, she fled the ranchlands of southwest Saskatchewan and moved to the city, leaving almost everything behind. A lifetime of possessions was reduced to a few boxes of books, clothes, and keepsakes. But a lifetime of experience went with her, and a limitless well of memory—of personal failures, of a marriage that everybody said would not last but did, of the unbreakable bonds of family. Reinventing herself in an urban landscape was painful, and facing her new life as a widow tested her very being. Yet out of this hard-won new existence comes an astonishingly frank, compassionate and moving memoir that offers not only solace and hope but inspiration to those who endure profound loss. Often called one of this country’s true visionaries, Sharon Butala shares her insights into the grieving process and reveals the small triumphs and funny moments that kept her going. Where I Live Now is profound in its understanding of the many homes women must build for themselves in a lifetime.

Dear Senthuran

Dear Senthuran
Author: Akwaeke Emezi
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-06-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780593329214

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FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER “A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture “One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times bestselling author, “a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self” (Esquire) In three critically acclaimed novels, Akwaeke Emezi has introduced readers to a landscape marked by familial tensions, Igbo belief systems, and a boundless search for what it means to be free. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji reveals the harrowing yet resolute truths of their own life. Through candid, intimate correspondence with friends, lovers, and family, Emezi traces the unfolding of a self and the unforgettable journey of a creative spirit stepping into power in the human world. Their story weaves through transformative decisions about their gender and body, their precipitous path to success as a writer, and the turmoil of relationships on an emotional, romantic, and spiritual plane, culminating in a book that is as tender as it is brutal. Electrifying and inspiring, animated by the same voracious intelligence that distinguishes Emezi's fiction, Dear Senthuran is a revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.

Don t Look At Me Like That

Don   t Look At Me Like That
Author: Diana Athill
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2020-03-10
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781487008468

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From the author of Somewhere Towards the End and Stet, the esteemed memoirist and editor Diana Athill’s only novel is an unflinching look at love and betrayal through the story of a young woman finding herself in 1950s London. England, in the mid-1950s. Meg Bailey has always aspired to live a respectable life. With her best friend, Roxane, she moves from secondary school to a preppy art college in Oxford. Under the watchful eye of Roxane’s mother, Mrs. Wheeler, the two girls flourish in Oxfordian society. But Meg constantly longs for more. Not content to stay in Oxford, she finds a job in London. Roxane stays behind and marries Dick, a man of Mrs. Wheeler’s choosing. As Meg’s independence grows, Dick suddenly appears in London for work. Representing a connection to her past, Meg and Dick’s friendship flourishes, blurring the lines of loyalty between what is and what was in a way that changes life for these three friends forever. As sharp and startling now as when it was written, Don’t Look at Me Like That is an unflinching and candid book of love and betrayal that encapsulates Diana Athill’s gift of storytelling at its finest.

The Erratics

The Erratics
Author: Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-08-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780385695275

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In this award-winning memoir, two sisters reckon with the convalescence and death of their outlandishly tyrannical mother and the care of their psychologically terrorized father, all relayed with dark humour and brutal honesty. When Vicki and her sister learn their mother has been hospitalized for a broken hip, they return to their parents' home in Alberta to put things back in order. Though their parents disowned them years before, the sisters now reassert themselves in the dysfunctional household: their father, undernourished and suffering from Stockholm syndrome, is unable to see that he is in danger from his outlandish and vindictive wife. Rearranging their lives to be the daughters they were never allowed to be, the sisters focus their efforts on helping their father cope with the unending manipulations of their mother, and must encounter all the characters common in the circus of caretaking--oddball nurses and home helpers; over-opinionated hospital staff who have fallen for their mother's compulsive lies--along with the pressures that come with caring for elderly loved (and sometimes unloved) ones. Set against the natural world of remotest Alberta ("in winter the cold will kill you, nothing personal"), this memoir--at once dark and hopeful--shatters precedents about grief, anger and family trauma with surprising tenderness and humour.