Diana Athill was born in 1917 and worked for the BBC throughout WWII. For 50 years she was the editorial director of André Deutsch, where she worked with such authors as Jean Rhys, Mordecai Richler, Brian Moore, Gitta Sereny and V. S. Naipaul. Her books include the memoirs Yesterday Morning, Instead of a Letter, Stet, and the Costa Award-winning Somewhere Towards the End, which are now anthologized in a new volume, Life Class. Diana Athill was appointed OBE in 2009.