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Stet by Diana Athill, 13 July 2009
This is a fly on the wall view of the world of publishing. Diana Athill joined Andre Deutsch when he was setting up this now legendary firm just after the Second World War and she remained there for fifty years. The first half of the book concentrates on the progress of the company as they move into bigger and bigger premises in central London. Diana always grabs the smallest office she can find so that she doesn't have to share with anyone! The second part focuses on her working relationships with a number of major authors including Jean Rhys and V S Naipaul which are absolutely fascinating and extremely candid. Athill is a very natural, self effacing writer. As with all her memoirs, you do come away feeling that you have made a new friend.