Letter 08 to Diana Athill
Ghali speaks to Diana about the recent string of short stories she has written and praises them for their technical skill, but critiques Diana for writing too efficiently like an artisan. He insists that she should write like she does in her letters, like an artist, because she is not conscious of her writing then. He also notes that a French publisher has been hearing about Beer in the Snooker Club and wants to read it, which comes as a surprise to Ghali. He does not want to give Andre Deutsch the American rights to his next book, but waits for Diana's discretion on business deals with him. Regarding his work in the military office at the time, he feels as though no one there knows exactly what they are supposed to be doing. Ghali explains that he is forced to engage in an inefficient, redundant task, so he suggested a more efficient procedure to his superior and it has been put in place. Ghali has also written two short stories that he plans to send to Diana.
Letter, 2 pages, undated. Composed 1963-1966.Personal names mentioned in the letter: Iris Murdoch; Doris Lessing; Mary McArthy; Andre Deutsch; Brenda; Barbara