A joy to read from start to finish - "Sunday Independent" Athill's astringent prose has the remarkable quality of making one look forward to old age - "Evening Standard""Yesterday Morning" is a captivating book. It is as if she had set out with a butterfly net to catch everything about her early life in an upper-middle-class English family before it - or she - vanished: the beloved grand house in Norfolk, the servants, her unhappily married parents. - "Guardian" Athill's honesty in describing her feelings as a young girl and old woman makes her memoir universal. - "The Independent" Athill's writing is like a really good apple: crisp, juicy, at once sweet and tart. She describes youthful games and discoveries in a voice that manages to combine delighted immediacy and ironic distance....The book feels at times like a grab bag, a collection of all the odds and ends Athill traces to her early years - "The New York Times Book Review" A compulsively readable memoir of a golden age - "The Times" Athill has added importantly to those works of literature which illuminate the vagaries of human emotion. - "Daily Telegraph"
From the Publisher
Yesterday Morning is a captivating book - The Observer
The writing is limpid, vigorous, often blissful - Evening Standard
Athill has always had a peculiar and attractive talent for communicating her pleasure in life - Telegraph
'A compulsively readable memoir of a golden age...'- The Times
'Athills honesty in describing her feelings as a young girl and an old woman makes her memoir universal.' - The Independent
Above all, her honesty shines through, giving a wondrous clarity to this warm yet sharp depiction of childhood. - The Sunday Times
Diana Athill [...] tells her tale with admirable dispassion, but she does bring a lump to the throat - Sunday Telegraph
With an unsentimental and candid intelligence that brings the world of England in the 1920s to vivid life - Publishing News
'Rather refreshingly, this is a fond recollection of a happy childhood as well as a detailed portrait of English life in the 1920s. - The Bookseller
This childhood memoir is remarkable for its truthfulness
Athill writes with such skill and wit
a vivid picture of a childhood in a distant world - Spectator
'...there is nothing false about the retrospection, and you believe every word she writes.' - Daily Telegraph
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