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Yesterday Morning Paperback – 6 Oct 2011
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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"
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
If you have never read Diana Athill's work before, and are of a certain age, this will quite possible still charm you and hold your interest. But it is not, in my view, her best work as there are some rather boring episodes, and it would not be my first recommendation for anyone coming new to her work.
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I sent Yesterday Morning as a gift. I'd read it along with all the Athill books I could find. She is a fine writer who did interesting work all her life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Your Aunt Martha
I'm sorry I can't finish this: I'm bored rigid and disappointed and was, quite frankly, expecting better.Published on 30 Sept. 2014 by Bookworm
What an amazing writer Diana is so consistent and extreemy vivid writing
I love the way you write please write more
very good pleased ( i will not write words that I do not want to write even to make it 17 words)Published on 10 Dec. 2012 by G. poa
I was looking forward to this so much after having read various reviews some time ago, but was hugely disappointed. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2012 by Pughie