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Anansi Fall 2012

Make Believe
A True Story
By (author): Diana Athill
Diana Athill


Granta Books - London



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , B-format


General Trade
Oct 05, 2012
$15.99 CAD


198 x 129 x 11 mm

Page Count:

160 pages
Granta Publications
Granta Books
  • Short Description
Diana Athill's fascinating analysis of her relationshup with Black Power activist Hakim Jamal whose book, From the Dead Level: Malcolm X and Me, she edited in the 1960s. Against all odds, they became friends, sometimes lovers.
In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London in the late 1960s. Despite a desperately troubled youth, he became an eloquent spokesman for the black underclass, was Jean Seberg's lover and published a book about Malcolm X, before descending into a mania that had him believing he was God. A witness to his struggles, Diana Athill writes with her characteristic honesty about her entanglement with Jamal, Jamal's relationship with the daughter of a British MP, Gail Benson, and Jamal's, and separately Gail's, eventual murders.

DIANA ATHILL was born in 1917. She helped André Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name and worked as an editor for Deutsch for four decades. Athill's distinguished career as an editor is the subject of her acclaimed memoir Stet, which is also published by Granta Books, as are five volumes of memoirs, Instead of a Letter, After a Funeral, Yesterday Morning, Make Believe, Somewhere Towards the End and a novel, Don't Look at Me Like That. In January 2009, she won the Costa Biography Award for Somewhere Towards the End, and was presented with an OBE. She lives in London.

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