on 7 January 2012
Brilliant format of letters which can be easily dipped into. Diana Athill was candid, sympathetic and extremely generous in her friendships. I was particularly interested in her reporting of her personal circumstances and relationships. Her work with Andre Deutsch over many years, in publishing, gives an insight into her professional stamina.
on 18 March 2012
Yet another stunning read from Diana Athill. My admiration just grows and grows. I am fascinated by the way in which she manages to look back at her life in such a dispassionate way, while conveying all the passion that was there at the time. She is truely a role model for how to age with not an ounce of self-pity or too much regret - and someone who inspires me more and more (although I suspect that the very idea of being an inspiration to anyone would horrify her!)