Diana Athill


Born
in Norfolk, The United Kingdom
December 21, 1917

Died
January 23, 2019

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Diana Athill was a British literary editor, novelist and memoirist who worked with some of the greatest writers of the 20th century at the London-based publishing company André Deutsch Ltd.

She was born in Norfolk in 1917 and educated at home until she was fourteen. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and graduated in 1939. She spent the war years working at the BBC Overseas Service in the News Information Department. After the war she met André Deutsch and fell into publishing. She worked as an editor, first at Allan Wingate and then at André Deutsch, until her retirement at the age of 75 in 1993.

Her books include An Unavoidable Delay, a collection of short stories published in 1962 and two 'documentary' books After A Funeral
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Diana Athill on VS Naipaul: ‘I worked very hard at keeping affection for him'

VS Naipaul’s first publisher remembers a brilliant, difficult man – and the books that made his name

I remember the night Vidia won the Booker prize for In a Free State in 1971. He’d always behave as if things like this were a bore, and he said he wouldn’t go. I very rarely scolded him, but at this point I said: “You will bloody well come. How can we go on publishing you if you won’t collaborate...

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Somewhere Towards the End

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Stet: An Editor's Life

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Instead of a Letter: A Memoir

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Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other...

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A Florence Diary

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Yesterday Morning

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After A Funeral

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Midsummer Night in the Work...

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Life Class: The Selected Me...

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More books by Diana Athill…
“I am not sure that digging in our past guilts is a useful occupation for the very old, given that one can do so little about them. I have reached a stage at which one hopes to be forgiven for concentrating on how to get through the present.”
Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End

“An important aspect of the ebbing of sex was that other things became interesting. Sex obliterates the individuality of young women more often than it does that of young men, because so much more of a woman than a man is used by sex.”
Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End

“To me it was plain silly. It is so obvious that life works in terms of species rather than individuals. The individual just has to be born, to develop to the point at which it can procreate, and then to fall away into death to make way for its successors, and humans are no exception whatever they may fancy.”
Diana Athill , Somewhere Towards the End

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