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Title   Alive Alive Oh and Other Things That Matter 

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Author   ATHILL Diana  ISBN   9781783782543  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Granta  Group   Gen Non-F View shopping cart
Binding   Hardback Category   Biography  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2016 
Subject   Memoirs 
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Synopsis In this sequel to Costa Biography Award Winning Somewhere Towards the End, Diana Athill writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late ninetiesSeveral years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. Initially a tremendous wrench, when she had acclimatized she found herself released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property, and free to settle into her remaining years. From this vantage point, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old, and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years.What really matters in the end? And after a long life, what memories remain? As she approaches her 100th year, Athill recalls in sparkling, precise detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house; with humour, clarity and honesty she relates her experiences in the First and Second World Wars and her trips to Europe as a young woman; in the remarkable title chapter, she describes her pregnancy at the age of 43, losing the baby and almost her life - and her gratitude and joy on discovering that she had survived. With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on what it's like to be very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us what really matters, and of the joy to be found in life.

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