There’s not much that fazes 93-year-old Diana Athill, conceivably a consequence of being born during a zeppelin raid in 1917. She is stoic without being hard or unapproachable, and has been independent and self-sufficient all her life. In her later years she has bared her soul in a series of memoirs that have inadvertently created a throng of confidantes, poised on her every word.

Read the full interview in Issue One of The Hunger, on sale now.

Diana’s latest book, Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend, is published by Granta.

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