Chooses the Letters of Lord Byron
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Born 1917. Edited authors including V.S Naipaul, Philip Roth and John Updike. Won the 2008 Costa Biography Prize for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End.
The letters of Lord Byron
Diana Athill talks to John Wilson about her passion for the letters of Lord Byron.
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Byron the Fashion Icon
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on what an iconic portrait of Byron in Albanian dress reveals about his Scottish roots.
6th Baron Byron by Thomas Phillips (1813). National Portrait Gallery
It's Complicated: Byron's Tangled Love Life
Byron's letter to his friend Thomas Moore written from Venice in 1816 detailing an extraordinary fight between two of his mistresses.
Reading by Mark Meadows
Byron and his Mother
Writers Sue Limb and Benita Eisler on Byron's difficult relationship with his mother, Catherine Gordon. Presented by Humphrey Carpenter.
Originally broadcast on Great Lives on 19 July 2002 BBC Radio 4
Diana Athill on the more surprising duties of a book editor.
Diana Athill the letter writer
Diana Athill on the fascinating 30 year correspondence with her friend, the American poet Edward Field.