New Statesman: Are you writing anything at the moment?

Diana Athill: I’m not. I do a bit of book reviewing and write the odd article, but I haven’t got another book going.

NS: Why is that?

Athill: If something comes out, it has to have gone in first. By the time you’re 94, not a hell of a lot goes in. I’m not a novelist; I haven’t got the imagination to be a novelist – I’ve always written about experience, but I’ve had it all now and have said it all.