Yesterday Morning. (Reviews).
Yesterday Morning. Diana Athill. Granta Books. [pounds
sterling]12.99. 168 pages. ISBN 1-86207-484-4. This is the fourth volume
of memoirs by the writer and editor whose most recent recollections,
Stet -- An Editor's Life, was highly praised. In this fourth volume
Miss Athill goes back to her childhood in the 1920s and she vividly
recreates an England that has long vanished. There is necessarily a
great deal about her family life, religion, sexual awakenings, school,
religious faith, parental discords and falling in love. The most
important influence in her childhood seems to have been her mother. Now
an elderly woman herself she sees that her childhood 'rises up to
meet me -- or rather, even when I thought I was far away from it, it was
always there, and now I have come back to it'. There is a
bitter-sweet nostalgia about the book which makes it a welcome companion
to the others by this author.