About this book
A Florence Diary
In August 1947, Diana Athill travelled to Florence by the Golden Arrow train for a two-week holiday with her cousin Pen. In this playful diary of that trip, delightfully illustrated with photographs of the period, Athill recorded her observations and adventures — eating with (and paid for by) the hopeful men they meet on their travels, admiring architectural sights, sampling delicious pastries, eking out their budget, and getting into scrapes.
Written with an arresting immediacy and infused with an exhilarating joie de vivre, A Florence Diary is a bright, colourful evocation of a time long lost and a vibrant portrait of a city that will be deliciously familiar to any contemporary traveller.
About the Author
DIANA ATHILL (1917–2019) was a novelist, book editor, and memoirist. She helped André Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name and worked as an editor for Deutsch for four decades. Athill’s distinguished career is the subject of her acclaimed memoir Stet. She was the author of seven other volumes of memoirs: Instead of a Letter; After a Funeral; Yesterday Morning; Make Believe; Somewhere Towards the End; Alive, Alive Oh!; and A Florence Diary. She also published two collections of short stories and a collection of letters. Her only novel, Don’t Look at Me Like That, was first published in 1967. Athill won the Costa Biography Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Somewhere Towards the End, and she was appointed to the Order of the British Empire.