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.