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 NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2016's Great Reads December 6, 2016 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. 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."