Books Somewhere Towards the End A Memoir by Diana Athill Hardcover, 182 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $24.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleSomewhere Towards the EndSubtitleA MemoirAuthorDiana Athill Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary An esteemed memoirist and one of the great editors in British publishing examines aging with the grace of Elegy for Iris and the wry irreverence of I Feel Bad About My Neck. Genres: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Awards and Recognition National Book Critics Circle Award (2009) Also by Diana Athill Instead of a Letter Alive, Alive Oh! Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Somewhere Towards the End 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."