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.