Author(s): Diana Athill
Widely regarded as one of the best publisher/editors in London, Diana Athill helped over almost five decades to shape some of the finest books in modern literature. She edited (and nursed, and coerced, and coaxed) some of the most celebrated writers in the English language, including V.S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Norman Mailer and Brian Moore.
This is a book about books, about the people who write them and the process of making them, a world dissected from the inside with a sharp and irresistible honesty. By a writer whose prose has been compared (by David Robson in the Daily Telegraph) to T.S. Eliot's ideal of writing: 'The common word exact without vulgarity, the formal word precise but not pedantic, the complete consort dancing together.'
Signed by Diana Athill. Name on front endpaper