Books by Diana Athill

ALIVE, ALIVE OH! by Diana Athill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"Readers can hope that more crisp and thoughtful essays on life, old age, and death will be forthcoming from a centenarian Athill."
Approaching her 98th birthday, the astonishingly vital and fiercely intelligent Athill adds a charming addendum to her previous memoir on aging, Somewhere Towards the End (2009).Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A FRIEND by Diana Athill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2012

"Endearingly forthright, buoyant and detailed, Athill's letters tell but one side of a cherished bond, leaving the reader eager to see her friend's replies."
The renowned British publisher follows her refreshingly honest series of late-in-life memoirs with a collection of three decades of letters to a fellow writer in New York. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE TOWARDS THE END by Diana Athill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Fiercely intelligent, discomfortingly honest and never dull."
Now 91, one of England's notable book editors examines life, old age and approaching death with astonishing candor in 16 essays distinguished by her spare, direct prose. Read full book review >
YESTERDAY MORNING by Diana Athill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Graceful recollections of a privileged English childhood that was 'directed by common sense as well as with love.' (15 b&w photos)"
The fourth slim volume of memoirs (Stet, 2001, etc.) from the veteran London editor looks back on a mostly blissful English country childhood, concluding that early happiness is life's best preparation for death. Read full book review >
MAKE BELIEVE by Diana Athill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 1994

"High-quality work that lights up the first list of this brand-new house."
Athill, a veteran London editor who 25 years ago published the autobiography of a black American militant, offers an engrossing account of their friendship—an account written with the same openness that apparently characterized an earlier memoir (After a Funeral, 1984—not reviewed). Read full book review >