Stet : A Memoir

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Author : Diana Athill
Detail : “Diana Athill’s memoir of a life spent operating with a number of the magnetic characters World Health Organization have dominated 20th-century literature. in an exceedingly prose sort of irreproducible wit and rare candour, she recounts tales from a protracted life in publication, together with her reflections on writing writers like V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Gitta Sereny and Brian Moore. She additionally provides associate account of her own writing career, whcih includes the 2 critically-acclaimed works, “Instead of a Letter” and “After a Funeral”.

Stet : An Editor's Life

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Pages - 256
ISBN - 0802191541


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Detail - For nearly five decades Diana Athill edited (nursed, coerced, coaxed) some of the most celebrated writers in the English language, among them V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Mordecai Richler, and Norman Mailer. A founding editor of the prestigious publishing house André Deutsch Ltd., Athill takes us on a guided tour through the corridors of literary London, offering a keenly observed, devilishly funny, and always compassionate insider’s portrait of the glories and pitfalls of making books. Stet is spiced with candid insights about the type of people who make brilliant writers and ingenious publishers, and the idiosyncrasies of both. It brims with Athill’s memories of serving as confidante, midwife, and sometime therapist to great literary figures: “Nobody who has read Jean Rhys’ first four novels can suppose that she was good at life; but no one who never met her could know how very bad she was at it”; “It was my job to listen to [Naipaul’s] unhappiness and do what I could to ease it—which would not have been too bad if there had been anything I could do.” Most of all it is Athill’s voice that captivates—intimate, lively, generous, humorous—the voice of a favorite aunt who is as warm and big-hearted as she is worldly and irreverent. Packed with delights, Stet is about the world of books, about people who write them and the process of making them, a world dissected with sharp an irresistible honesty. It is an invaluable contribution to the world of literature.

Somewhere Towards the End :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Yayasan Obor Indonesia
Pages - 182
ISBN - 9780393067705


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Detail - An esteemed memoirist and one of the great editors in British publishing examines aging with the grace of Elegy for Iris and the wry irreverence of I Feel Bad About My Neck.

Yesterday Morning :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Granta Books
Pages - 169
ISBN - 9781847084262


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Detail - Stunning reissue of Diana Athill's candid memoir of her childhood.

Don't Look At Me Like That :

Fiction

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Granta Books
Pages - 233
ISBN - 1783783788


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Detail - In 1950s England, well-brought-up young women are meant to aspire to the respectable life. Some things are not to be spoken of; some are most certainly not to be done. There are rules, conventions. Meg Bailey obeys them. She progresses from Home Counties school to un-Bohemian art college with few outward signs of passion or frustration. Her personality is submerged in polite routines; even with her best friend, Roxane, what can't be said looms far larger than what can. But circumstances change. Meg gets a job and moves to London. Roxane gets married to a man picked out by her mother. And then Meg does something shocking - shocking not only by the standards of her time, but by our own. As sharp and startling now as when it was written, Don't Look at Me Like That matches Diana Athill's memoirs After a Funeral and Instead of a Letter in its gift for storytelling and its unflinching candour about love and betrayal.

Life Class : The Selected Memoirs of Diana Athill

Authors, English

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Granta Books (Uk)
Pages - 667
ISBN - 9781847081230


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Detail - In a celebration of one of Britain's best-loved authors, four of Diana Athill's memoirs - spanning the 20th century from her childhood to old age - are now collected in one volume.

Yesterday Morning : A Very English Childhood

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Granta Books
Pages - 176
ISBN - 1847085776


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Detail - A remarkable, truthful and vivid recollection of childhood, from the author of Stet, After a Funeral, Don't Look at Me Like That and Instead of a Letter. Here Athill goes back to the beginning in a sharp evocation of a childhood unfashionably filled with happiness - a Norfolk country house, servants, the pleasures of horses, the unfolding secrets of adults and sex. This is England in the 1920s seen (with a clear and unsentimental eye) from the vantage point of England in 2001. It was a privileged and loving life: but did it equip the author to be happy?

History of the Book in Australia Volume 3 : Paper Empires (Large Print 16pt)

Author - Craig Munro
Publisher - ReadHowYouWant.com
Pages - 788
ISBN - 1458782689


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Detail - This new volume in UQP's History of the Book in Australia series explores Australian book production and consumption from 1946 to the present day. In the immediate postwar era, most books were imported into a colonial market dominated by British publishers. Paper Empires traces this fascinating and volatile half-century, using wide-ranging research, oral history and memoir to explore the worlds of book publishing, selling and reading. After 1945, Australian publishing went from a handful of fledgling businesses to the billion dollar industry of today with thousands of new titles each year and a vast array of imported books. Publishing's postwar expansion began with the baby boom and the increased demand for school texts, with independent houses blossoming during the 1960s and 70s followed by the current era dominated by global conglomerates. All aspects of print culture are explored, from authorship and editing to bookselling, libraries and reading habits, in the context of today's rapidly changing publishing landscape with its many technological challenges. A wide range of expert contributors, including book-trade practitioners, have produced this lively and indispensable account of our vital cultural industry.

Instead of a Book :

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Ardent Media
Pages - 233
ISBN -


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Instead Of A Letter :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Granta Books
Pages - 224
ISBN - 1847085768


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Detail - Diana Athill's childhood was idyllic, brought up in the Norfolk countryside. Aged only fifteen, she fell in love with a young undergraduate. They travelled to Oxford, engaged to be married. Then everything fell apart in the cruellest possible way. In this classic modern memoir, Diana Athill dissects the terrible consequences of loss and her struggle to rebuild a personality destroyed by sadness. Yet for all its unhappiness, Instead of a Letter remains a story of hope, written with the frank intelligence and lack of self-pity that have become the hallmarks of Athill's writing.

After the Funeral :

Author - no defined
Publisher - Lulu.com
Pages - 233
ISBN - 1435744454


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A Bite of the Apple : A Life with Books, Writers and Virago

Literary Collections

Author - Lennie Goodings
Publisher - Oxford University Press, USA
Pages - 304
ISBN - 0198828756


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Detail - In this insightful memoir Lennie Goodings takes the reader behind the scenes at Virago, the feminist press that she has led for twenty years. Moving from Virago's early days of independence, through its various commercial incarnations, the author reflects on idealistic publishing and how it feels to be a beacon for change.

Make Believe : A True Story

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Diana Athill
Publisher - Granta Books
Pages - 160
ISBN - 184708706X


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Detail - In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London in the late 1960s. Despite a desperately troubled youth, he became an eloquent spokesman for the black underclass, was Jean Seberg's lover and published a book about Malcolm X, before descending into a mania that had him believing he was God. A witness to his struggles, Diana Athill writes with her characteristic honesty about her entanglement with Jamal, Jamal's relationship with the daughter of a British MP, Gail Benson, and Jamal's, and separately Gail's, eventual murders.

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