A Life Like Other People's
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A 2011 World Book Night selection.
June 2010 Book of the Month.
First published in Untold Stories, Alan Bennett’s previous collection of autobiographical pieces is now available in this handsome small format edition. Sparingly told, it’s the story of his parents and larger family, looking back to their meeting and marriage and the tragedy of his mother’s later mental illness. As ever the caught phrase, the unsentimental writing, the ability to turn the most ordinary of events into something approaching poetry makes this an unmistakable Bennett piece, an absolute must-have.
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A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett's A Life Like Other People's is a poignant family memoir offering a portrait of his parents' marriage and recalling his Leeds childhood, Christmases with Grandma Peel, and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties Kathleen and Myra. Bennett's powerful account of his mother's descent into depression and later dementia comes hand in hand with the uncovering of a long-held tragic secret. This is a heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.