Somewhere Towards the End

  • by Diana Athill
  • Narrated by Claire Bloom
  • 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography, 2010
What is it like to be old? Diana Athill, born in 1917, made her reputation as a writer with the candour of her memoirs. In Somewhere Towards the End she reflects frankly on the losses and occasionally the gains that old age brings, and on the wisdom and fortitude required to face death. This is a lively narrative of events, lovers and friendships: the people and experiences that have taight her to regret very little, to resist despondency and to question the beliefs and customs of her own generation.

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An interesting perspective of ageing and death.

A far too rare insight into ageing and death. Honest and informative in parts. Too much information about her friends operations and illnesses and rambles far too much towards the end. Refreshing to hear of the advantages of later life and great to hear much older people have healthy active sex lives.
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- Alison St Pierre

Wise and Wonderful, a rare treat before bedtime

I am but 23 years of age, not old, not yet concerning myself much with the matter of my own mortality and able for the large part to put 'the end' to the back of my mind but this book was more pleasurable to listen to, and more relevant than any I have recently consumed directed at my own demographic. I love Diana Athill and the way she reflects upon life and how she and others of her acquaintance choose to live. This book is not only warm and gently amusing, but enlightening and my week has been the richer for it.
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- Alice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-04-2009
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited