Diana Athill’s new book Alive, Alive Oh! muses on what it’s like to be approaching 100, mingling vivid memories of a remarkable past with candid, wise and often funny reflections on what it’s like to be very old. She’ll be in conversation with Marina Benjamin, whose latest book The Middlepause, On Turning 50 explores what middle age means in a society obsessed with living longer and looking younger. Together they’ll discuss what really matters and the joy that can be found at every stage of life.

Diana Athill’s distinguished career as an editor is the subject of her acclaimed memoir Stet. She has also published five volumes of memoirs, Instead of a Letter, After a Funeral, Yesterday Morning, Make Believe, Somewhere Towards the End, a novel, Don’t Look at Me Like That, and a collection of letters. In 2009, she won the Costa Biography Award for Somewhere Towards the End, and was presented with an OBE.

Marina Benjamin is a writer and editor. She is the author of Living at the End of the World, Rocket Dreams, shortlisted for the Eugene Emme Award, and Last Days in Babylon, longlisted for the Wingate Prize. She is currently a senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon.

Part of the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival 2016