A Florence Diary

A Florence Diary

Diana Athill / Feb 22, 2020

A Florence Diary In August 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

  • Title: A Florence Diary
  • Author: Diana Athill
  • ISBN: 9781487002206
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, sampliIn 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.

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      • Diana Athill

        Diana Athill was born in Norfolk in 1917 and educated at home until she was fourteen She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and graduated in 1939 She spent the war years working at the BBC Overseas Service in the News Information Department After the war she met Andr Deutsch and fell into publishing She worked as an editor, first at Allan Wingate and then at Andr Deutsch, until her retirement at the age of 75 in 1993 Her books include An Unavoidable Delay, a collection of short stories published in 1962 and two documentary books After A Funeral and Make Believe Stet is a memoir of Diana Athill s fifty year career in publishing Granta has also reissued a memoir Instead of a Letter and her only novel Don t Look at Me Like That She lives in Primrose Hill in London.


    1. 'A Florence Diary' by Diana Athill4 starsIf you want a book that is a tourist guide to Florence, and mentions nowhere else, this is not it.If you want a book where the author mixes only with 'ordinary folk' and not with the wealthy and/or famous, this is not it.But - if you want a book with fabulous and precise use of language and vocabulary; that creates wonderful images in your mind; that within 80 pages gives you an immense amount of pleasure; and that makes you hope that, when you reach the [...]

    2. This was a quick, easy read. There were a few things that annoyed me about it, but it was so short that you didn't really get a chance to really accumulate any resentment, so it's very fleeting annoyance. Largely it's cultural differences, I think, which was also a positive thing. This was a quick glimpse into another time and culture, and it was really fascinating in some ways. I was appalled by how quickly they met and became intimate friends with men while travelling on trains--exchanging add [...]

    3. From what little I have read by Diana Athill it seems she has led a really interesting life. I would be happy to be seated next to her at a dinner party and imagine she must have some really wonderful stories to tell. As a matter of fact she shares a few of those stories in her travel memoir, A Florence Diary, which was published last year and which I mostly read in one sitting yesterday. In 1947 she and a cousin traveled to Florence and her mother urged her to keep a travel diary, and happily s [...]

    4. Why do we chose the books we chose? Obviously there are various reasons. A nice cover. The book is short just when we need a short book. Someone has recommended it to us. We have seen it in the local bookshop and it looks interesting. I chose A Florence Diary by Diana Athill for the first two reasons. I immediately loved the cover. The woman on the front reminds me of a woman I know and she is 91 and still kicking just like Athill who is 100. I also noticed that it is only 65 pages long. The pri [...]

    5. You'll get through this in one day. Only 64 pages, but it managed to give me a sense of pure nostalgia and took me back to when I went to Rome 1 1/2 ago. A more contemporary and much easier to read Virginia Woolf-esque style. I don't mean the stream of consciousness but the importance of keeping a note of the things you experience. Her short but beautiful descriptions reminded me why I've become a bit of an Italy obsessive. Ok, I've not been to Florence yet, but Athill has certainly made me real [...]

    6. This is a very short, but lovely book about a trip to Florence. It can be read in an hour so but evokes holidays, sunshine, Florence and youth.what is not to like!

    7. Just the other week, Diana Athill turned 100. In honor of her birthday, Granta ran a Twitter giveaway and I was one of five lucky winners to receive a signed copy of this, her latest (last?) book. Like Joan Didion’s South and West and Antonia Fraser’s Our Israeli Diary, it’s pretty much just a scrapbook giving some thoughts on the author’s travels, and thus only a book for diehard fans. At 64 pages, it can easily be read in part of an afternoon.In August 1947 (the month my mother was bor [...]

    8. A Florence Diary is a meringue. This slim book, Diana Athill's diary of a trip to Florence in 1947, offered a reason to read more of Diana Athill, who memoirs I've enjoyed in the past. Since Athill is in her 90s, a new publication is a reason to rejoice. The pleasure in this book is not in what happens, but how Athill tells the tale, which is a compliment to her engaging voice and her wit. She's an insightful portraitist, and can candidly and humorously skewer a photo-obsessed traveler she meets [...]

    9. A gorgeous little travel journal documenting a two week holiday to Firenze taken back in 1947. This is perfect for all lovers of Italy and will transport you to the beauty, majesty and dirt of Florence. It certainly inspired me to revisit holiday pictures from my own visits to this most beautiful of cities.

    10. I selected this book to read early this year for two reasons; it is super short and it is a diary. I love diaries. I keep my own, not that anyone will ever read them. This small time tome, a diary of a 1947 trip to Florence by the author, is a gem. The sights, tastes and smells of travel envelop you as you read. Train travel and financial aspects of the trip highlight a post-war era. I really enjoyed this small book. I read that the author is well-known for her memories so may well have to seek [...]

    11. A short, enjoyable read about a trip to Florence post WW2. Two British women travel by train to the city and explore the wonders of it. A nice glimpse of Florence and Tuscany for those who recall their own awe at the Italian art, history, and culture. A lovely look at the positive can-do attitudes in post war Europe. And, a remembrance of travel with civility - people chat on trains, strangers meet for dinner just to have nice company, and locals welcome tourists not for their dollars but to sha [...]

    12. A brief but interesting glimpse into travel (and life) in a bygone era. Too short to really capture my imagination but it is very well written and I enjoyed the author’s description of her holiday in Italy about 70 years ago.

    13. Charming little read. Relatable and so interesting to hear difficulties of an international journey from that many years ago.

    14. Quick read. I think you would have to be interested in the author to be interested in her rather dull journal about spending two weeks in Florence.

    15. charming, real, brief notes on a week in post-war, Florence—pre-Internet, pre-Chunnel, pre-high speed trains, pre-Euro. Delightful. Beautifully packaged.

    16. This is not a book or even an article. It literally is a short diary entry. I have no idea what the point of this is.

    17. This is a petite book but charming and well written. Athill has a flare for writing with a sharp intelligence, and in a manner that is fun and deliciously candid.

    18. A beautifully produced little book. Very interesting and evocative and of course beautifully written.

    19. A Florence Diary by Diana Athill is a short book, a memoir complete with scenic pictures of the post WWII era, of her diary during a trip to Florence Italy with her cousin Pen.A Florence Diary is not meant to be more than a sentimental look at a trip, and it isn’t more than that. It is however a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours absorbing the experiences Diana shares from her first trip abroad from England. Once I started reading the book, I found it difficult to put down. It is a s [...]

    20. This small, 80-page, book is the first person account of the author's trip to Florence from England in 1947, after the end of WWII. It is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to Florence, but rather is a recounting of her diary entries made on the trip. It was an easy read, the author's voice being engaging, and I read the whole book in a couple of hours. Her account of the journey would have no relevance to today, but it is an interesting look at travel and at Florence in that time. While I en [...]

    21. A very short and sweet book that I won in a giveaway. The book is a diary of Atwill's first big trip abroad to Florence. It's interesting to see how 1947 life differed from ours today -- different expectations and norms during travel. This book is short in length -- more like a long article in a magazine. I don't know what the book retails for, but I would suggest that those who are interested borrow it from a library. You can read this in about 1-2 hours.

    22. I received the book for free through First Reads. It may be that I'm simply unfamiliar with diaries and travel journals, but I found this novel quite slow and uninteresting. About a young woman traveling with her cousin, I thought they would have more exciting adventures, instead it's almost a point form accounting of all the places they ate, murals they saw, and which men paid for what.

    23. A cute, quick read but I wanted more! I know it was author's legitimate diary but I would have loved if she had paired it with other stories from her life or woven them into a fictional novel. I enjoyed her writing nonetheless.

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