Somewhere Towards the End

Somewhere Towards the End

Book - 2008
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Published to coincide with the author's 90th birthday in December 2007, Somewhere towards the End is a magnificent celebration of old age by one of Granta's most established authors. An extract was published in Granta 98, Ian Jack's final issue The Deep End. The author's desk was recently the subject of the Guardian Writers' Rooms feature.Somewhere Towards the End tells the story of what it means to be old: how the pleasure of sex ebbs, how the joy of gardening grows; how much there is to remember, to forget, to regret, to forgive-and how one faces the inevitable fact of death. Athill has lost none of her skill or candour as a writer, her love of the intimate detail. Her book is filled with stories, events and people, and with the kind of honest, intelligent reflection that has been a hallmark of her writing throughout her long career. Athill describes her books as "documentaries," and her early work prefigured the modern taste for memoir. "I believed, and still believe, that there is no point describing experience unless one tries to get it as near to what it really was as you can make it, but that belief does come into conflict with a central teaching of my upbringing: Do Not Think Yourself Important."
Publisher: London : Granta Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781862079847
Characteristics: 182 p. ; 19 cm


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Jan 12, 2015

Straight to my heart. I'm sending this to my oldest and dearest friend. With Atul Gawande's 'Being Mortal', a satisfying dinner.

ser_library Jun 04, 2010

a clear sighted memoir covering the literary life

Nov 01, 2009

Worth rereading

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Jan 25, 2012

emmabridges thinks this title is suitable for 70 years and over


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