RIP Jenny Diski

April 28, 2016 | 1 book mentioned 1

Jenny Diski, a prolific author who’d kept up a serialized diary of living with cancer since 2014, died this morning at the age of 68. Her partner, Ian Patterson, broke the news on Twitter, after which outlets including The Guardian confirmed it. The author had recently published her final book, a memoir.

is a staff writer for The Millions and an MFA candidate at Johns Hopkins. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he studied literature and worked in IT while living in Dublin, Ireland. You can find him on Twitter at @tdbeckwith.

One comment:

  1. “Prolific” is right: Diski has material in the archives of the London Review of Books going back to the early 1990s (one of the essays is 17,000 words long) and she was publishing regularly, there, right up until the end. It all adds up to more than a thousand pages of always witty, very clear and insightful writing (and that doesn’t include her separately published novels and books of non-fiction). Her tough-mindedness made her trustworthy; she learned a lot, it seems, from the broken promises of The Sixties… though something of the Mod (if only in her Sassoony, silver bob)… and a pinch of the Hippie… remained.

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