Monday, 7 February 2011

Look up Diana Athill.....

For those too young to recall the publisher Andre Deutsch, Athill worked there as a kind of co-director (officially editor) for more than 40 years.  She has written several memoirs, and the one about publishing is Stet.
Its fascinating to see the number of known authors that came through the doors, some they kept, some they turned away(!).  Instead of a letter describes her early adulthood, when she was jilted by her fiance - an action which deeply affected her for 20 years.  All her memiors are available in one volume now, but I liked the business of reading a small but well written book by her every so often as a treat.  At 90+ she now resides in a North London home fo the elderly, and is as bright (if not as spry as ever).  If you've never heard of her, do try.