Yesterday Morning by Diana Athill

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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?

About Diana Athill

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DIANA ATHILL was born in 1917. She helped Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name and worked as an editor for Deutsch for four decades. Athill's distinguished career as an editor is the subject of her acclaimed memoir Stet, which is also published by Granta Books, as are five volumes of memoirs, Instead of a Letter, After a Funeral, Yesterday Morning, Make Believe, Somewhere Towards the End and a novel, Don't Look at Me Like That.In January 2009, she won the Costa Biography Award for Somewhere Towards the End, and was presented with an OBE. She lives in London.
Published October 27, 2011 by Granta Books. 180 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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All these gave Athill a sense of self, and of place, before adult uncertainties intruded and, as she puts it, “the gates of Eden clanged shut.” Graceful recollections of a privileged English childhood that was “directed by common sense as well as with love.” (15 b&w photos)

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She was a founding partner of André Deutsch and has written - in her unfettered way - about working with writers such as VS Naipaul, Brian Moore, Molly Keane and Jean Rhys in Stet, her book about publishing.

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What matters is that she has begun to make sense of things, and in doing so she helps us makes sense of our own lives, or brings home to us how much the child we were is our own creator (yes, Wordsworth also did, and said, something along these lines).

Jan 04 2003 | Read Full Review of Yesterday Morning

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The Banned Book list is chock full of white hot raunch, just the titles themselves suggesting impossibly lewd acts: The Mountain Wreath, Not Without My Daughter, El Senor Presidente, The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, The Sun Also Rises.

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