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In Gratitude

(2016)
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In July 2014, Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given "two or three years" to live. She didn't know how to react. All responses felt scripted, as if she were acting out her part. To find the response that felt wholly her own, she had to face the cliches and try to write about it. And there was another story to write, one she had not yet told: that of being taken in at age fifteen by the author Doris Lessing, and the subsequent fifty years of their complex relationship.

In the pages of the London Review of Books, to which Diski contributed for the last quarter century, she unraveled her history with Lessing: the fairy-tale rescue as a teenager, the difficulties of being absorbed into an unfamiliar family, the modeling of a literary life. Swooping from one memory to the next--alighting on the hysterical battlefield of her parental home, her expulsion from school, the drug-taking twenty-something in and out of psychiatric hospitals--and telling all through the lens of living with terminal cancer, through what she knows will be her final months, Diski paints a portrait of two extraordinary writers--Lessing and herself.

From a wholly original thinker comes a book like no other: a cerebral, witty, dazzlingly candid masterpiece about an uneasy relationship; about memory and writing, ingratitude and anger; about living with illness and facing death.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
ISBN: 1-63286-686-2 / 978-1-63286-686-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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April 2016 : UK Hardback
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
ISBN: 1-4088-7990-5 / 978-1-4088-7990-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

May 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
ISBN: 1-63286-687-0 / 978-1-63286-687-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2017 : UK Paperback
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
ISBN: 1-4088-7994-8 / 978-1-4088-7994-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
ISBN: 1-4088-7991-3 / 978-1-4088-7991-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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April 2016 : UK Kindle edition
Title: In Gratitude
Author(s): Jenny Diski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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