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Letters to a Friend Hardcover – April 16, 2012
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“Diana Athill is perhaps best known for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End, but Letters to a Friend could eclipse it. ... Each letter is an unalloyed delight; articulate to the point of eloquence, and candid, even about the naughty bits and her frustration with her long-time lover, Barry Reckord (a Jamaican playwright now deceased). They were together for years, in a relationship so open that, at one point, Athill invited one of his girlfriends to live with them. ...[E]very letter in Letters to a Friend is a small masterpiece; chatty, companionable and very, very intelligent.”
- Valerie Ryan, Shelf Awareness
“[T]his latest of her books,… demonstrates, through the tart comments she has interposed, that, well into her 90s, she has lost none of her fire. …Her undeniably patrician manner and lapidary prose style notwithstanding, it is very clear from the warmth of Athill's communications with her friend that for her, kind hearts are indeed far more than coronets, her genuine concern and sympathy with his travails shining through…. One feels that Athill isn't capable of writing a rote ‘bread and butter letter.’ One of the joys of this book is how heartfelt her sentences always are, so full of freshness and purpose, whether describing an experience or indulging in a spot of delicious gossip. … Words across an ocean from a true friend for all seasons.”
- Martin Rubin, San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Diana Athill was born in 1917. After a distinguished career as a book editor, she won the National Book Critics Circle and Costa Biography Awards for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End. In January 2009, she was presented with an OBE. She lives in Highgate, London.
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I heartily recommend all of the above.
Now comes "Letters to a Friend," a collection of Athill's 1981-2007 letters to the American poet Edward Field, which I understand is getting great acclaim in Britain. It's interesting--I don't think Athill is capable of writing anything uninteresting--but not as interesting as the others. At least not to me. Maybe that's because in this one she's not talking to me, but to someone I not only don't know, but don't know much about. From her references here to Field's life and works, I think that's an omission on my part that needs fixing ASAP. For others like me who are not familiar with Field's poetry, Amazon has quite a collection, including two books of "collected works."
The Athill books are divine. I share with a friend. I t hink Ive read most now. A fine read..
Great great Grandpa was Waddell of the Russell Majors and Waddell Stage Coach line so I purchased Drums and Wagon Wheels for family Christmas gifts. An excellent portrayal.
All used books received were in great condition. Always are from good from Amazon Dy Bennett