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Yesterday Morning: A Very English Childhood Hardcover – 10 Jan 2002


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  • Hardcover: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; Second Impression edition (10 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862074844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862074842
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Athill was born in 1917. She worked for the BBC throughout the Second World War and then helped Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name. She is the author of five volumes of memoirs - Stet, Instead of a Letter, After a Funeral, Yesterday Morning, Make Believe - and a novel, Don't Look at Me Like That. A selection of her memoirs appear in Life Class published in November 2009. She lives in London.

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Claudia Fitzherbert’s Memoirs of the Year -- Saturday Telegraph

‘Athill’s astringent prose has the remarkable quality of making one look forward to old age’ -- Jane Shilling, Evening Standard - The Year’s Best Reads

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

'Athill’s 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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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By geoff@geoffreydalton.com on 8 April 2002
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Enormously interesting story of life for a young girl in a pre war country house environment and its impact on her life.She felt immensely priviledged to have had such a happy childhood in a world long since vanished and her stories from a child's vantage point of the "upstairs & downstairs" world are not to be missed.To me it is the genuine article warts and all! Very well written and absorbing I read it thru at one sitting.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jan s on 21 July 2009
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I absolutely loved reading this book. It is beautifully written - literary, but not too erudite. It would appeal to those who enjoy social history, as well as auto-bios. As the author is in her eighties, her life spans an interesting historical period. It is an excellent "holiday" book" - I read it, whilst away, in a couple of days. I have now bought and read a later book, concerning her older life, by the same author which I enjoyed equally.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kim K on 16 July 2010
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I loved reading this elegantly written account of the childhood of Diana Athill. She writes with great honesty and kindness and she made me laugh. I look forward to reading all her other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwgi on 10 Jan 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into a childhood which, although the author had material wealth, there lurked sadness under the surface - her parents' marriage was not a success. The descriptions of day to day life at her grandparents' 20 bedroom mansion were fascinating. This is not a book that I would normally have bought - but I would highly recommend it for its fluent and confident style and glimpse of a world long since gone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pughie on 22 Mar 2012
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I was looking forward to this so much after having read various reviews some time ago, but was hugely disappointed. It is well written, but the subject matter became mundane and boring at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan 2012
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Ms Athill's prose flows so easily, it's a joy to read. Her memory and account of events which took place more than 80 years ago are so lively and fresh. She makes them sound as if they happened yesterday.

Her memories are vivid and detailed giving the reader a priviliged view into a world long since disappeared. As social history her depictions of life, influences and events within her family and close circle are shrewdly accounted without affectation. She is honest, sharp and more than anything, amusing. She has such joie de vivre and sparkle. A truly fine book by a wonderful lady. I'm about to start on her two most recent works (Stet reviewed below covers her publishing years) to complete the circle of a most remarkable life. Thank you Ms Athill for sharing!
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Although quite a bit of this is repetitive if you've read "Instead of a Letter", I much enjoyed this book and her clear memory of what it was like to be a small girl, living much of the time in her imagination. She's very clear headed about her privileged life and the attitudes of those around her - which she fully overcame as an adult!
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