Instead of a Letter

A Memoir

Diana Athill (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

A classic memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller Somewhere Towards the End.

As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot—Instead of a Letter tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront or forgive him. Evoking perfectly the picturesque country setting of her youth, this fearless and profoundly honest story of love and modern womanhood marks the beginning of Athill’s brilliant literary career.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33857-7
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“[T]his book, one of two earlier memoirs that have now been reissued, shows that her talent has been evident for decades. Supple, frank, unafraid of contradictions, her literary voice has all the courageous intelligence one associates with a certain type of British writer but none of the chill.” — The New Yorker

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