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


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A collection of the best of the indomitable Jenny Diski's essays, selected by Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books

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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 Stranger on a Train and Skating to Antarctica, two 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 pieces over twenty-five years. jennydiski.co.uk


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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