Happy 100th Birthday, Diana Athill!

Cover imageThe briefest of posts wishing Diana Athill a very happy 100th birthday. For those not familiar with Athill’s books, she’s a fine editor and writer whose elegantly slim slices of autobiography offer an insider’s view of twentieth-century British publishing: Stet is an excellent place to start. Athill also writes with grace and insight about ageing. Her 2015 Alive, Alive, Oh! offers a collection of vignettes from a life thoroughly well lived. And she’s still writing – A Florence Diary was published only last year. Let’s hope she has a splendid day today.

To celebrate Athill’s centenary The Guardian set up a live webchat with her last week. If you missed it and would like to read Claire Armistead’s account of it, it’s here.


14 thoughts on “Happy 100th Birthday, Diana Athill!”

  1. Oh I LOVE Diana Athill’s work. I think I’ve read everything she’s written (even the obscure short stories and novel), apart from the Florence diary. I’ll have to pick that up at some point. I got to see her being interviewed by Erica Wagner at Foyles in April of last year and she was still so sprightly and witty.

  2. I was determined to sit down last night and write about Alive Alive Oh which I read last week. But I was so tired, there was no way. Would liked to post that review on her birthday, well if I’m up to it later, I might get it written to post tomorrow.

  3. Thank you so much for posting Harriet Gilbert’s piece. Hopefully there will a podcast version at some point: Athill is awesome!

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