BooksDirect
Standing Orders

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

Buy Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told?: Essays from BooksDirect
Hardback
Published: November 2020
For Ages:
Retail Price: $36.99
$29.59
YOU Save: $7.40  (20.0%)
Temporarily out of stock Available to Order: 7 to 10 business days depending on publishers availability

Quantity:
Author: Jenny Diski
Category: /
BIC Subject: Literary essays
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 03-Nov-2020
Format: Hardback, 256 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781526621900
Stock Code: 6621900
Product Description
 
Choose the pursuit of happiness if you really must, but there are better things to do with a life, unless freedom from difficulty is the only acceptable existence.

Jenny Diski was a fearless writer, for whom no subject was too difficult, even her own diagnosis with cancer. Her columns in the London Review of Books o selected here by her editor and friend Mary-Kay Wilmers, ranged from subjects as various as happiness, social psychology, self-absorption and cats o have been described as 'virtuoso performances', and 'small masterpieces'.

Original, opinionated and well ahead of her time, this collection will allow readers old and new to 'read Diski for the pleasures of Diski, but also read Diski to learn what we may think, in the future, about how, were we possessed by foresight, we might have better performed our humanity in the now' (New Yorker)Choose the pursuit of happiness if you really must, but there are better things to do with a life, unless freedom from difficulty is the only acceptable existence.

Jenny Diski was a fearless writer, for whom no subject was too difficult, even her own diagnosis with cancer. Her columns in the London Review of Books o selected here by her editor and friend Mary-Kay Wilmers, ranged from subjects as various as happiness, social psychology, self-absorption and cats o have been described as 'virtuoso performances', and 'small masterpieces'.

Original, opinionated and well ahead of her time, this collection will allow readers old and new to 'read Diski for the pleasures of Diski, but also read Diski to learn what we may think, in the future, about how, were we possessed by foresight, we might have better performed our humanity in the now' (New Yorker)
Jenny Diski was born in 1947 in London, where she lived most of her life. She was the author of ten novels, four books of travel and memoir, including Strangers on a Train and Skating to Antarctica, to volumes of essays and a collection of short stories. Her journalism appeared in publications including the Mail on Sunday, the Observer and the London Review of Books, to which she contributed more than two hundred articles over twenty-five years.
jennydiski.co.uk