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“I have a horror of brown envelopes”: Diana Athill (1917-2019) on her top ten fears

Diana Athill, who has died aged 101, told Prospect about her ten biggest fears

By Elena Lappin   June 2004

10 Being a coward. Some fears go back to childhood. My family greatly appreciated courage. I used to worry about some situation arising, like having to jump into a river to save a drowning child-would I be able to do it?

9 Thugs. Occasionally I have avoided people on the street or in the park. I had my bag snatched once walking down the road… I feel…

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