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This is an auction for SOMEWHERE TOWARDS THE END by Diana Athill.

"When it comes to facing old age, writes Athill, there are no lessons to be learnt, no discoveries to be made, no solutions to offer. As the acclaimed British memoirist pushes past 90, she realizes that there is not much on record on falling away and resolves to set down some of her observations. She is frank in discussing how, as their life turns sad and boring, she copes with her companion’s declining health, just as she cared for her mother in her final years. Firmly resolute that no afterlife awaits her, Athill finds just enough optimism in this world to keep her reflections from slipping into morbidity—she may not offer much comfort, but it's a bracing read."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"Athill spent more than fifty years editing writers including Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Jean Rhys and V S Naipaul. At ninety-one, she offers a spry dispatch on the condition of being elderly, having realized that copious literature describes the experience of youth, "but there is not much on record about falling away." Her perspective is both remorseless and tender as she considers the waning of her sexual desire, the sharpening of her atheist resolve, her increasing preference for nonfiction rather than novels ("I no longer feel the need to ponder human relationships . . . but I do still want to be fed facts"), and the truth that, even in her advanced state, much of her time is taken up with caring for those still older."
- The New Yorker

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 2008.

183 pages.

A name on the flyleaf. Otherwise, near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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