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Alive, Alive Oh!

(2015)
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A luminous, wise, and joyful insight into what really matters at the end of a long life, from the beloved author of the award-winning Somewhere Towards the End.

What will you remember if you live to be 100?

Diana Athill charmed readers with her prize-winning memoir Somewhere Towards the End, which transformed her into an unexpected literary star. Now, on the eve of her ninety-eighth birthday, Athill has written a sequel every bit as unsentimental, candid, and beguiling as her most beloved work.

Writing from her cozy room in Highgate, London, Diana begins to reflect on the things that matter after a lifetime of remarkable experiences, and the memories that have risen to the surface and sustain her in her very old age.

"My two valuable lessons are: avoid romanticism and abhor possessiveness," she writes. In warm, engaging prose she describes the bucolic pleasures of her grandmother's garden and the wonders of traveling as a young woman in Europe after the end of the Second World War. As her vivid, textured memories range across the decades, she relates with unflinching candor her harrowing experience as an expectant mother in her forties and crafts unforgettable portraits of friends, writers, and lovers.

A pure joy to read, Alive, Alive Oh! sparkles with wise and often very funny reflections on the condition of being old. Athill reminds us of the joy and richness of every stage of life - and what it means to live life fully, without regrets.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 0-393-25371-6 / 978-0-393-25371-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

November 2015 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-78378-254-4 / 978-1-78378-254-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 0-393-35356-7 / 978-0-393-35356-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter
Author(s): Diana Athill
ISBN: 1-78378-272-2 / 978-1-78378-272-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

December 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   

November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Alive, Alive Oh!: and Other Things that Matter
Author(s): Diana Athill
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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