Diana Athill’s memoir, Alive, Alive Oh! has been selected for the Biography & Autobiography shortlist of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2016.
As she approaches her 100th year, Athill recalls in sparkling detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house. She relates with humour, clarity and honesty her experiences of the First and Second World Wars, her trips to Europe as a young woman and in the remarkable title chapter, describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost her life. With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on what it’s like to be very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us what really matters, and of the joy to be found at every stage of life.
The BAMB Readers Awards are sponsored by National Book Tokens, and are unique in being the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops, and voted for by ordinary booklovers.
Voting closes on 14th November 2016, and the winners will be announced on 24th November 2016. To view the shortlists and vote for your favourites, click here!