As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot-Instead of a Letter tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront or forgive him. Evoking perfectly the picturesque country setting of her youth, this fearless and profoundly honest story of love and modern womanhood marks the beginning of Athill's brilliant literary career.
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"[T]his book, one of two earlier memoirs that have now been reissued, shows that her talent has been evident for decades. Supple, frank, unafraid of contradictions, her literary voice has all the courageous intelligence one associates with a certain type of British writer but none of the chill." -- The New Yorker "A brilliantly evocative autobiography." -- Angus Wilson
About Diana Athill
After a distinguished career as a book editor, Diana Athill (1917-2019) won the National Book Critics Circle and Costa Biography Awards for her New York Times best-selling memoir Somewhere Towards the End. In January 2009, she was presented with an Order of the British Empire.
Instead of a Letter: A Memoir by Diana Athill
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