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Spring cleaning with granny


My family's love of books
Diana Athill Writer
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Saturday, 10 September 2011 06:05 PM
What a delight! I came to Web of Stories to listen to the stories of famous scientists, and was...
What a delight! I came to Web of Stories to listen to the stories of famous scientists, and was well-rewarded with hours of engrossing talk. Only after I'd been through the lives of a dozen scientists did I decide to try some other people and lucked into Diana Athill first go. Clever, warm, and highly articulate, she kept me up half the night; never bored, though I had not heard of many of the people she speaks of, and had barely heard of her. Now I'll head to my library site to find her memoir, which is bound to be worth reading.

Born in 1917, Diana Athill is a British literary editor whose publishing career began when she helped André Deutsch establish his company. She has worked with many notable writers, namely Philip Roth, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Rhys and VS Naipaul. Following the publication of her memoirs, she is now hailed as an author in her own right.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Oxford University, The Scarlet Pimpernel, PG Wodehouse

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2008

Date story went live: 23 December 2008