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Diana Athill - Growing Old Disgracefully

Duration: 02:13

At the age of 92, Diana Athill is suddenly a celebrity. Her frank and entertaining memoirs, mainly written after the age at which most people retire, chart a life less ordinary. She's had a string of love affairs, mainly with married, black and/or younger men; enjoyed fifty years of success as an editor, worked with writers as distinguished as Jean Rhys, Norman Mailer and VS Naipaul; and led a privileged childhood in a Norfolk mansion. Recently, she has chosen to go into an old people's home, where they take people 'who have had interesting lives'. Alan Yentob meets her to discuss her life, her work - and her outspoken thoughts on death.

Available since: Tue 22 Jun 2010

Credits

Presenter
Alan Yentob
Director
Jill Nicholls
Producer
Jill Nicholls
Executive Producer
David Okuefuna

This clip is from

imagine... Summer 2010, Growing Old Disgracefully

3/4 Alan Yentob meets 92-year-old Diana Athill, whose memoirs chart a life less ordinary.

First broadcast: 29 Jun 2010

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