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Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM By Diana Athill

I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958 So begins literary legend Diana Athill in the preface to Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, a long overdue collection of her short fiction, originally published in the 1950s to the 1970s.In unsentimental though often touching prose, Athill s young women anticipate, enjoy, or just miss out on I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958 So begins literary legend Diana Athill in the preface to Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, a long overdue collection of her short fiction, originally published in the 1950s to the 1970s.In unsentimental though often touching prose, Athill s young women anticipate, enjoy, or just miss out on brief sexual encounters with men met on trains, at parties just about anywhere they can A cheating wife, back with her boring husband, is wracked with agonizing love for the unavailable partner of her brief fling a writer seeks inspiration at a writers retreat whilst avoiding the group seducer s invitation a wife s party flirtations propel her possessive husband into another woman s bed two fun loving women face a sinister sexual assault during a Greek holiday a teenager experiences enraptured detachment during her first kiss.Beautifully written, perceptive, touching, and funny, Midsummer Night in the Workhouse is Diana Athill at her best.
  • Title: Midsummer Night in the Workhouse
  • Author: Diana Athill
  • ISBN: 9781903155820
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback

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Fiona MacDonald Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
What a delightful collection of short stories from Diana Athill. She has a wonderful way of writing, each of her stories touches upon infidelity, boredom and sexual excitement outside a relationship. Quite taboo and naughty for it's time, but you can still see the beautiful writing style flowing through. It boggles my mind how Athill can create such beautiful prose in such a short space of time and delicately finish them making you feel as though you have ended a full length novel!
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Wendy Feltham Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
A friend gave me this collection of short stories by Diana Athill, a woman I'd never heard of, a British editor who received the OBE for her work editing some of the most famous writers of the 20th century and for writing her own series of memoirs. These short stories were previously published years ago, and the book I read (as an "advance reading copy") will be published in December 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed these stories, the very British characters and their struggles and growth, and the bri [...]
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kymdotcom Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
So very, very middle class.
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Cathy Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
A fine selection of short stories, the first two-thirds being more enjoyable than the latter few. Perhaps I prefer stories set in the early to mid century period. My favourite eras for reading are varied but I am particularly interested in life leading up to and including both world wars. So there is plenty to interest here and at least three stand-out stories.
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Phil Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
Athill struck me as a something of a British Dorthy Parker, although her stories rely less on the sly humor they both share. Their subjects are the similar, as they both write about the petty difficulties of human relationships. But where Parker's stories crackle with the tension between the author's talent and insecurity, Athill's seem more empathetic and humane. I believed every action and every word.
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Ilse Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
This is a great collection of cosy, quiet short stories. All stories show love in it's different forms and how love is experienced in different stages of life. Each story felt as if you were looking through a window and saw a tiny snipped of someone's life. The simplicity, yet versatility, of this was what I loved most. The writingstyle and way of storytelling were executed in a way I can only enjoy and appreciate. Definitely no regrets in randomly picking up this book in the bookstore!
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Trish Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
A truly exceptional collection from Diana Athill. Sexy, smart, mature writing and characters that leap off the page. Highly recommended.
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Starre Vartan Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
These short stories are some of the best I've ever read, period. "The Return" is possibly my favorite short story of all time, about a #metoo moment 50+ years ago in another country, but Athill nails all the same themes that Rebecca Traister does in her essays. I am blown away.
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K115987 Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
Libro trovato per caso e letto ancora più per caso.Purtroppo niente di memorabile.
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David Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
I have long had a problem with short stories. There is something about the form that seldom, if ever, works for me. They tend to deliver on the “short” part, whereas the “stories” themselves often disappoint. That said, I think my main issue with them is not the inevitable lack of detailed plot development but rather a matter of tone – both in sense of tone of voice and, one might even say, moral tone. My reaction to this collection by Diana Athill was fairly typical of my response to [...]
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Carlo Turco Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
Questi dodici racconti narrano della vita, o di particolari vicende, dei sentimenti reciproci, dell'incontrarsi, ritrovarsi, lasciarsi, o rimanere insieme, di altrettante coppie di persone, uomo e donna, non sempre né necessariamente amanti; ma sullo sfondo, sempre, storie di amori. La scrittura è estremamente gradevole, mai scontata, spesso sorprendente: sempre aliena da stereotipi e luoghi comuni. Sa cogliere aspetti e sfumature particolari di persone e relazioni. Niente sentimentalismi, non [...]
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Bettie☯ Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
blurberoonies - The short stoires collected in Midsummer Night in the Workhouse represent the start of Diana Athill's writing career. In the preface to the selection she says: 'I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958. Until that moment I had been hand-maiden, as editor, to other people's writing, without ever dreaming of myself as a writer.' Then she encountered someone who reminded her of an episode in her past and that evening she wrote her first short [...]
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Rosemary Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
I loved these short stories. In fact I enjoyed them more than Diana Athill's memoir Yesterday Morning although she is better known for memoir as a form. In some cases I could see the girl or background of the childhood memoir in the stories. In other cases there were probably reflections of later parts of her life: a lot of the stories are about infidelity, treating it unusually uncritically. Despite these themes the characters were sufficiently different from each other that I had no trouble re [...]
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Meredith Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
These stories range from poignant to irritating to depressing. I am left feeling sad for the author as there isn't a single marriage or romantic relationship which is remotely stable, faithful and happy. Marriage is portrayed as a tie that binds people unhappily to another human being with whom they share no common emotion, attraction or interest -- except perhaps their children. Therefore infidelity is not only not a bad thing, it's practically a necessity for keeping you sane. Made me want to [...]
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Chloe Smith Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
This book is a collection of short stories- a similar theme to The Tent by Margaret Atwood. A book that I randomly picked off the shelf in my local library, I actually enjoyed it. They weren't writings from a genius, but what I would class as a comfortable read with a relaxing bath and a glass of wine. Some humour along with it, and some relatable to real life. If you're looking for a light read, maybe after a heavy classic you've dragged yourself through!
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Elizabeth Saunders Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
This is actually a collection of short stories by different authors, published by Persephone Books, an indepedent shop and press in London. I wrote about visiting their shop here: elizabethsaundersMy favourite was the title story. The final story left me with question marks over my head - I would recommend not reading it last!
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Susann Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
These decidedly unsentimental stories about female-male relationships are well-written but, to my tastes, a bit bleak. I admire Athill's frankness in discussing sex and infidelity, and I'm curious to explore her memoirs. In terms of pure enjoyment, though, I need a little more sunshine in my relationship stories.
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Eleni Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
Beautiful collection about love, marriage and relationships between men and women. My favourite was the title story. Having read many of Athill's memoirs, you can see her life experiences reflected in these stories. 'Alive alive oh!' is a good companion to read alongside this, as you can see her life's lessons clearly demonstrated in these stories (I.e. To avoid romance and possessiveness!).
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Ryan Williams Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
Read and enjoyed Athill's other books, especially the memoirs. This book, her only collection of short stories, is something of a dud. It isn't terrible, the stories are elegantly written. But they're not particularly memorable or interesting either, unfortunately. Try her memoir Stet instead.
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Katie Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
3.5 stars.Adored the last couple stories but unfortunately took a while to really peak my interest.
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Dee Dec 11, 2018 - 18:44 PM
I liked some of the stories better than others - I don't think I'd look for anything else by this author, but these made entertaining bedtime reads for a week or so!
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Midsummer Night in the Workhouse By Diana Athill I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958 So begins literary legend Diana Athill in the preface to Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, a long overdue collection of her short fiction, originally published in the 1950s to the 1970s.In unsentimental though often touching prose, Athill s young women anticipate, enjoy, or just miss out on I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958 So begins literary legend Diana Athill in the preface to Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, a long overdue collection of her short fiction, originally published in the 1950s to the 1970s.In unsentimental though often touching prose, Athill s young women anticipate, enjoy, or just miss out on brief sexual encounters with men met on trains, at parties just about anywhere they can A cheating wife, back with her boring husband, is wracked with agonizing love for the unavailable partner of her brief fling a writer seeks inspiration at a writers retreat whilst avoiding the group seducer s invitation a wife s party flirtations propel her possessive husband into another woman s bed two fun loving women face a sinister sexual assault during a Greek holiday a teenager experiences enraptured detachment during her first kiss.Beautifully written, perceptive, touching, and funny, Midsummer Night in the Workhouse is Diana Athill at her best.

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