Alan Bennett's first collection of prose since Writing Home takes in all his major writings over the last ten years. The title piece is a poignant family memoir with an account of the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. Bennett, as always, is both amusing and poignant, whether ...
Alan Bennett's first collection of prose since Writing Home takes in all his major writings over the last ten years. The title piece is a poignant family memoir with an account of the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. Bennett, as always, is both amusing and poignant, whether he's discussing his modest childhood or his work with the likes of Maggie Smith, Thora Hird and John Gielgud. Also included are his much celebrated diaries for the years 1996 to 2004. At times heartrending and at others extremely funny, Untold Stories is a matchless and unforgettable anthology. Since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s Alan Bennett has delighted audiences worldwide with his gentle humour and wry observations about life. His many works include Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, Talking Heads, A Question of Attribution and The Madness of King George. The History Boys opened to great acclaim at the National in 2004, and is winner of the Evening Standard Award, the South Bank Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play. Untold Stories is published jointly with Profile Books.
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I am so pleased I bought this book, now a treasured read on my shelves. Alan Bennett opens up to his fans and readers in every way, guides us through his early years to meet his family and friends in the very best way, (the photographs are wonderful too,) and he manages, most probably the result of much hidden hard work, to astonish and delight me often. A wonderful book and I recommend it without reservations. His book has a satisfyingly full share of laugh-out-loud events which I really appreciate.
I am a subscriber to The London Review of Books, and a visit to their webpage, to read his journal entries, and other published articles, is an added boon, in my opinion.
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