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Diana Athill

Chooses the Letters of Lord Byron

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Literary Editor and Author
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.

From the archive

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

Originally broadcast on Men of Fashion on 12 Nov 2012 BBC Radio 4

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

Originally broadcast in A Perpetual Love Affair 5 May 2010 BBC Radio 4

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

Nannying Talent

Diana Athill on the more surprising duties of a book editor.

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Open Book 31 Dec 2009

Diana Athill the letter writer

Diana Athill on the fascinating 30 year correspondence with her friend, the American poet Edward Field.

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour on 17 Oct 2011