The 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.