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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Jenny Diski FRSL (née Simmonds; 8 July 1947 – 28 April 2016) was an English writer. Diski had a troubled childhood, but was rescued by the older novelist Doris Lessing; she lived in Lessing's house for four years. Diski was educated at University College London, and worked as a teacher during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Diski was a regular contributor to the London Review of Books; the collections Don't and A View from the Bed include articles and essays written for the publication. She won the 2003 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking around America With Interruptions.



  • Nothing Natural (1986)
  • Rainforest (1987)
  • Like Mother (1988)
  • Then Again (1990)
  • Happily Ever After (1991)
  • Monkey's Uncle (1994)
  • The Vanishing Princess (1995) (short stories)
  • The Dream Mistress (1996)
  • After These Things (2004)
  • Only Human: A Comedy (2000)
  • Apology for the Woman Writing (2008)


  • Skating to Antarctica (1997) (memoir; Chapter 1)
  • Don't (1998) (essays)
  • Stranger on a Train (2002) (travelogue)
  • A View from the Bed (2003) (essays)
  • On Trying to Keep Still (2006)
  • The Sixties (2009) (memoir)
  • What I Don’t Know About Animals (2010) (nature)
  • In Gratitude (2016) (memoir)

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