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A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett
  

A Life Like Other People's

Alan Bennett

Biography / Autobiography   Books of the Month   Literary Fiction   

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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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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A poignant and perceptive slice of family memoir chronicling his Leeds childhood, Bennett’s tale formed the heart of Untold Stories. A safely guarded family secret finally finds exposure when his mother’s sudden plunge into depression and subsequent dementia brings clandestine matters into the open. Bennett’s autobiography possesses all the wry humour and incisive observation one might expect, and offers a subtly affectionate portrait of his parents and aunts.
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Synopsis

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.

About the Author

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George) and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. His most recent play, The History Boys, won Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best Play, The Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the South Bank Award.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th April 2010

Author

Alan Bennett

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Publisher

Faber and Faber

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Books of the Month
Literary Fiction

Memoirs

ISBN

9780571248131

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