Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told?: Essays (Hardback)
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Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told?: Essays (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 23/07/2020
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In her inventive and delightfully sardonic prose, the author of In Gratitude and On Trying to Keep Still delivers a sparkling collection of essays about the importance of knowing your own mind and the adventures that follow when you do.

Jenny Diski was a fearless writer, for whom no subject was too difficult, even her own cancer diagnosis. Her columns in the London Review of Books - selected here by her editor and friend Mary-Kay Wilmers, on subjects as various as death, motherhood, sexual politics and the joys of solitude - have been described as 'virtuoso performances', and 'small masterpieces'.

From Highgate Cemetery to the interior of a psychiatric hospital, from Tottenham Court Road to the icebergs of Antarctica, Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told? is a collective interrogation of the universal experience from a very particular psyche: original, opinionated - and mordantly funny.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526621900
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 587 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the most electrifying memoirists of her generation ... A superb volume of autobiographical fragments' - Daily Telegraph

'One of the most inventive writers of her generation' - Independent

'She is savagely good company' - Daily Telegraph

'Diski is one of the language's great, if under-appreciated, stylists' - Guardian

'The appeal of Diski's essays was the appeal of Diski herself ... brilliant, irritable, mordant, and humane' - Paris Review

'Funny, heartbreaking, insightful and wise' - Emilia Clarke

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