Books Diana Athill Books by Diana Athill Diana Athill has written books about: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Science & Health Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Diana Athill Book Reviews Memories Of A Long Life Return In 'Alive, Alive Oh!' January 10, 2016 British writer Diana Athill is 98 — by her own account, a very old woman. In this slim but lovely volume, she recounts the moments that have lingered: heartbreak, yes, but also hills of bluebells. Chris Silas Neal Critics' Lists: Summer 2010 Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 'Under The Radar' Reads August 3, 2010 As a librarian and a reader, Nancy Pearl scours the shelves in search of hidden treasures — titles you may have missed. Her findings include two chilling thrillers, one exquisite 1960s memoir, a lively biography of George Orwell, an example of historical fiction at its very best, and much more fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 'Under The Radar' Reads Listen · 7:20 7:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/128823435/128946557" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Getty Images Best Books Of 2009 In The Year's Best Memoirs, Mirth And Melancholy December 14, 2009 Heller McAlpin's picks include: the story of a lifelong crush on Albert Camus, a humorous take on middle-aged malaise, and a no-nonsense look at mortality. The sharp, fresh writing in these memoirs will bring you headfirst into each author's world, with your heart following close behind. Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir' December 14, 2009 Diana Athill, a longtime British editor, writes a frank and inspirational memoir about growing old and facing death. With neither religion, children, nor lavish funds to support her, the prospect of potential infirmity is sobering, but Athill concentrates — inspiringly — on "how to get oneself through the present."