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I'm glad that Paul Torday took up writing in his 60s (rather than not at all).

Can you tell me what is meant by the phrase "rather than not at all". The literal meaning does not make any sense and the possible idiomatic one I am not able to find on the internet.

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    better late than never.
    – Schwale
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 12:46
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    Think of "rather than" as meaning "instead of". I'm glad that Paul Torday took up writing in his 60s, instead of not taking it up at all.
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 12:55

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You can understand this phrase, rather than not at all, literally, in the context, like this:

rather than = instead of
not at all = not taking up writing (in other words, never start writing)

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