Alan Bennett - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Alan Bennett

Keeping on Keeping on

Keeping on Keeping on

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked 'no threat' and did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' Alan Bennett's third collection of prose Keeping On Keeping On follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart.

Other books by Alan Bennett

Allelujah!

Allelujah!

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2018

- What were you in life? - In life, as you put it, I was a schoolmaster. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. As Dr Valentine and Sister Gilchrist attend to the patients, a documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile, the old people's choir, in readiness for next week's concert, is in full swing, augmented by the arrival of Mrs Maudsley, aka Pudsey Nightingale. Alan Bennett's Allelujah! opened at the Bridge Theatre, London, in July 2018. With an introduction by Alan Bennett.

Getting On A BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama

Getting On A BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/06/2018

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast production of one of the earliest plays by Alan Bennett The 1970s are a time of change, but Labour MP George Oliver feels stuck in one place: distrusting the `mawkish mentality' of the young and fearing the encroaching life of the middle-aged, with little to look forward to but the imminent end of a not-very-interesting road. Ten years into his second marriage, he is world-weary and dissatisfied with his social position and the public he deals with on a regular basis (`He's a socialist, but he doesn't like people' observes his wife Polly). In his self-absorption, he cannot see that his wife is having an affair, his mother-in-law is dying and his friends and neighbours regard him as a joke. With his trademark wry observational humour, Alan Bennett renders his plight at once poignant and comic. This bittersweet drama won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of 1971, and was described by the Sunday Times as `a small jewel of bewilderment and regret'. Keith Barron stars as George in this radio adaptation, with a supporting cast including David Rintoul, Emily Richard and Margaret Courtenay. Duration approx 1 hour 45 minutes

Getting On

Getting On

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2018

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast production of one of the earliest plays by Alan BennettThe 1970s are a time of change, but Labour MP George Oliver feels stuck in one place: distrusting the 'mawkish mentality' of the young and fearing the encroaching life of the middle-aged, with little to look forward to but the imminent end of a not-very-interesting road.Ten years into his second marriage, he is world-weary and dissatisfied with his social position and the public he deals with on a regular basis ('He's a socialist, but he doesn't like people' observes his wife Polly). In his self-absorption, he cannot see that his wife is having an affair, his mother-in-law is dying and his friends and neighbours regard him as a joke. With his trademark wry observational humour, Alan Bennett renders his plight at once poignant and comic.This bittersweet drama won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of 1971, and was described by the Sunday Times as 'a small jewel of bewilderment and regret'. Keith Barron stars as George in this radio adaptation, with a supporting cast including David Rintoul, Emily Richard and Margaret Courtenay.

Office Suite

Office Suite

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Keeping On Keeping On

Keeping On Keeping On

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked 'no threat' and did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' Alan Bennett's third collection of prose Keeping On Keeping On follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. This latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks), a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. There's a provocative sermon on private education given before the University at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, and 'Baffled at a Bookcase' offers a passionate defence of the public library. This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.

The History Boys With GCSE and A Level study guide

The History Boys With GCSE and A Level study guide

Author: Alan Bennett, Andrew Bruff Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of The History Boys with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff's guide include: - detailed analyses of character, theme and structure; - a clear introduction to the context of the play and its author; - key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom. An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. In Alan Bennett's award-winning and hugely popular play, staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it, about education and its purpose.

History Boys

History Boys

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2017

Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of The History Boys with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff's guide include:- detailed analyses of character, theme and structure;- a clear introduction to the context of the play and its author;- key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom.An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.In Alan Bennett's award-winning and hugely popular play, staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it, about education and its purpose.

Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On Diaries 2005-2014

Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On Diaries 2005-2014

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/11/2016

Alan Bennett reads the latest instalment of his diaries, as heard on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences. At its heart is his latest published collection of diaries. In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as `kindly, cosy and essentially harmless'. Packed with perceptive impressions of people and places, sharp social commentary, expressive description and delightful jokes, this irresistible record of life according to Alan Bennett is a treasury of wisdom and insight. Duration: 2 hours 20 mins approx.

Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On

Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2016

Alan Bennett reads the latest instalment of his diaries, as heard on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences. At its heart is his latest published collection of diaries. In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless'. Packed with perceptive impressions of people and places, sharp social commentary, expressive description and delightful jokes, this irresistible record of life according to Alan Bennett is a treasury of wisdom and insight. Duration: 2 hours 20 mins approx.

Keeping on Keeping on

Keeping on Keeping on

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked 'no threat' and did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' Alan Bennett's third collection of prose Keeping On Keeping On follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart.

Keeping on Keeping on

Keeping on Keeping on

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Alan Bennett: Stories Read by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett: Stories Read by Alan Bennett

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2016

A unique collection of eight Alan Bennett stories, read by the author. Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best-loved authors and an acclaimed storyteller. This exclusive compilation includes eight of his best tales, collected together for the first time. Here is his celebrated, iconic memoir The Lady in the Van; as well as two fascinating autobiographical accounts of his family and childhood. Uncle Clarence sees Bennett visiting the grave of a relative who died in Flanders in 1917; while in Hymn he joins forces with composer George Fenton and the Medici String Quartet to explore his musical memories. Bennett's incisive, acute observations shine through in his fiction too, with wry, moving and darkly humorous meditations on death (Father! Father! Burning Bright and The Laying On of Hands), sex (The Shielding of Mrs Forbes) and middle-age ennui (The Clothes They Stood Up In). His gift for affectionate satire reaches its pinnacle in The Uncommon Reader, a delightful tale in which the Queen discovers the pleasures of literature. Poignant, compassionate, wise and witty, the stories included are The Lady in the Van, Uncle Clarence, The Clothes They Stood Up In, Father! Father! Burning Bright, Hymn, The Laying On of Hands, The Uncommon Reader and The Shielding of Mrs Forbes. Duration: 13 hours approx.

Alan Bennett: Stories

Alan Bennett: Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

A unique collection of eight Alan Bennett stories, read by the author. Alan Bennett is one of Britain's best-loved authors and an acclaimed storyteller. This exclusive compilation includes eight of his best tales, collected together for the first time. Here is his celebrated, iconic memoir The Lady in the Van; as well as two fascinating autobiographical accounts of his family and childhood. Uncle Clarence sees Bennett visiting the grave of a relative who died in Flanders in 1917; while in Hymn he joins forces with composer George Fenton and the Medici String Quartet to explore his musical memories. Bennett's incisive, acute observations shine through in his fiction too, with wry, moving and darkly humorous meditations on death (Father! Father! Burning Bright and The Laying On of Hands), sex (The Shielding of Mrs Forbes) and middle-age ennui (The Clothes They Stood Up In). His gift for affectionate satire reaches its pinnacle in The Uncommon Reader, a delightful tale in which the Queen discovers the pleasures of literature. Poignant, compassionate, wise and witty, the stories included are The Lady in the Van, Uncle Clarence, The Clothes They Stood Up In, Father! Father! Burning Bright, Hymn, The Laying On of Hands, The Uncommon Reader and The Shielding of Mrs Forbes. Duration: 13 hours approx.

Alan Bennett: Plays

Alan Bennett: Plays

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2016

A unique collection of twelve full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett. The titles are Forty Years On ; A Visit from Miss Prothero ; Say Something Happened ; Kafka's Dick ; Two in Torquay ; The Madness of George III ; The History Boys ; An Englishman Abroad; A Question of Attribution; The Lady in the Van ; Cocktail Sticks and The Last of the Sun. The cast includes John Gielgud, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Alex Jennings and many more. Duration: 15 hours approx

Alan Bennett: Plays BBC Radio dramatisations

Alan Bennett: Plays BBC Radio dramatisations

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/07/2016

A unique collection of twelve full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett. The titles are Forty Years On ; A Visit from Miss Prothero ; Say Something Happened ; Kafka's Dick ; Two in Torquay ; The Madness of George III ; The History Boys ; An Englishman Abroad; A Question of Attribution; The Lady in the Van ; Cocktail Sticks and The Last of the Sun. The cast includes John Gielgud, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Alex Jennings and many more. Duration: 15 hours approx

The Lady in the Van The Complete Edition

The Lady in the Van The Complete Edition

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Adapted for the screen by the author from his celebrated memoir, Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van, is directed by long-standing collaborator Nicholas Hytner. The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Their unique story is funny, poignant and life-affirming. The Complete Lady in the Van contains a Foreword by Nicholas Hytner, a substantial Introduction with diary entries by Alan Bennett, the original memoir and the screenplay. The book includes numerous illustrations by David Gentleman, who sketched on set throughout filming, and a colour plate-section including behind-the-scenes photographs and stills from the film

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/10/2015

In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken down van into Alan Bennett's garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years. This account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books. The play premiered in 1999, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Dame Maggie Smith, who reprise their roles in this new film adaptation. Shot on location at Bennett's house, Alex Jennings plays the author, alongside household names including Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper.

The Complete Talking Heads The classic BBC Radio 4 monologues plus A Woman of No Importance

The Complete Talking Heads The classic BBC Radio 4 monologues plus A Woman of No Importance

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/10/2015

The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actors The Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.This collection includes all twelve Talking Heads, plus the precursor of that series, A Woman of No Importance. Beautifully crafted and full of compassion and wry observation, each tale is ripe with the quirky, insightful detail that has become Bennett's trademark. The monologues are:A Woman of No Importance (Patricia Routledge); A Chip in the Sugar (Alan Bennett); A Lady of Letters (Patricia Routledge); Bed Among the Lentils (Anna Massey); Soldiering On (Stephanie Cole); Her Big Chance (Julie Walters); A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (ThoraHird); Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (Patricia Routledge); The Hand of God (Eileen Atkins); Playing Sandwiches (David Haig); The Outside Dog (Julie Walters); Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Penelope Wilton) and Waiting for the Telegram (Thora Hird). Intensely moving, deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, these spellbinding soliloquies are essential listening.

Complete Talking Heads

Complete Talking Heads

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2015

The complete audio collection of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues, published together for the first time and performed by some of Britain's best actorsThe Talking Heads monologues are widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett's finest dramatic achievements. First broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s and 1990s, they won a host of awards and huge popular acclaim, and remain among his most admired works today.This collection includes all twelve Talking Heads, plus the precursor of that series, A Woman of No Importance. Beautifully crafted and full of compassion and wry observation, each tale is ripe with the quirky, insightful detail that has become Bennett's trademark. The monologues are:A Woman of No Importance (Patricia Routledge); A Chip in the Sugar (Alan Bennett); A Lady of Letters (Patricia Routledge); Bed Among the Lentils (Anna Massey); Soldiering On (Stephanie Cole); Her Big Chance (Julie Walters); A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (ThoraHird); Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (Patricia Routledge); The Hand of God (Eileen Atkins); Playing Sandwiches (David Haig); The Outside Dog (Julie Walters); Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Penelope Wilton) and Waiting for the Telegram (Thora Hird).Intensely moving, deeply engrossing and highly entertaining, these spellbinding soliloquies are essential listening.

The Lady in the Van A BBC Radio 4 adaptation

The Lady in the Van A BBC Radio 4 adaptation

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2015

Maggie Smith stars in this BBC radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed autobiographical stage play An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden - where she stays for the next fifteen years. This is the fascinating story of the genteel vagrant who found a unique place in Alan Bennett's life and writing. But the drama is as much about the author himself as Miss Shepherd. Why did Alan Bennett let her commandeer his driveway? Was he acting out of kindness, weakness, or hidden guilt over not spending enough time with his own mother? Did he always subconsciously plan to exploit Miss Shepherd for literary profit? Thought-provoking and moving, The Lady in the Van tackles profound questions about social responsibility, homelessness and mental illness with a lightness of touch characteristic of Bennett the master storyteller. With a full cast including Adrian Scarborough, Marcia Warren and Alan Bennett, this bitter-sweet comic tale stars Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd. Now a major BBC feature film, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin An Anthology by Alan Bennett

Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin An Anthology by Alan Bennett

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions. In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Ranging from hidden treasures to famous poems, this is a collection for the beginner and the expert alike. Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice. Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs.

Lady in the Van

Lady in the Van

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2015

Maggie Smith stars in this BBC radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed autobiographical stage playAn eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden - where she stays for the next fifteen years. This is the fascinating story of the genteel vagrant who found a unique place in Alan Bennett's life and writing.But the drama is as much about the author himself as Miss Shepherd. Why did Alan Bennett let her commandeer his driveway? Was he acting out of kindness, weakness, or hidden guilt over not spending enough time with his own mother? Did he always subconsciously plan to exploit Miss Shepherd for literary profit? Thought-provoking and moving, The Lady in the Van tackles profound questions about social responsibility, homelessness and mental illness with a lightness of touch characteristic of Bennett the master storyteller.With a full cast including Adrian Scarborough, Marcia Warren and Alan Bennett, this bitter-sweet comic tale stars Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd.Now a major BBC feature film, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

Cocktail Sticks

Cocktail Sticks

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/01/2015

A radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's short autobiographical play, originally directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre. Alan looks back on his early life with affection and sadness, revisiting some of the themes and conversations of his memoir 'A Life Like other People's'. Both he and his mother are seduced by the idea that other people's lives are much richer and fulfilling than their own. But when they do, finally, have cocktail parties, they are not at all what his mother would have envisaged.... Alan is played by Alex Jennings and Alan Bennett, supported by the original National theatre cast of Gabrielle Lloyd, Jeff Rawle, Sue Wallace and Derek Hutchinson.

Cocktail Sticks

Cocktail Sticks

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2015

A radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's short autobiographical play, originally directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre. Alan looks back on his early life with affection and sadness, revisiting some of the themes and conversations of his memoir 'A Life Like other People's'. Both he and his mother are seduced by the idea that other people's lives are much richer and fulfilling than their own. But when they do, finally, have cocktail parties, they are not at all what his mother would have envisaged.... Alan is played by Alex Jennings and Alan Bennett, supported by the original National theatre cast of Gabrielle Lloyd, Jeff Rawle, Sue Wallace and Derek Hutchinson.

Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin An Anthology by Alan Bennett

Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin An Anthology by Alan Bennett

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/10/2014

Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions. In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Ranging from hidden treasures to famous poems, this is a collection for the beginner and the expert alike. Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice. Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs.

Writing Home

Writing Home

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Already a bestseller, this is a wonderfully entertaining collection of Alan Bennett's prose writings. Writing Home brings together diaries, reminiscences and reviews to give us a unique and unforgettable portrait of one of England's leading playwrights. As a memoir it covers the production of his very first play, Forty Years On, which starred John Gieldgud, as well as many other important productions. His television series 'Talking Heads' has become a modern-day classic; as part of the 1960s revue 'Beyond the Fringe' Bennett helped to kick-start the English satire revolution, and has since remained one of our leading dramatists, most recently with The History Boys at the National Theatre. At the heart of the book is The Lady in The Van, since adapted into a radio play featuring Dame Maggie Smith. It is the true account of Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless tramp who took up residence in Bennett's garden and stayed for fifteen years. This new edition also includes Bennett's introduction to his Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Madness of King George and his more recent diaries.

People

People

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

A sale? Why not? Release all your wonderful treasures onto the open market and they are there for everyone to enjoy. It's a kind of emancipation, a setting them free to range the world... a sale room here, an exhibition there; art, Lady Stacpoole, is a rover. People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one's house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy wonders if an attic sale could be a solution.

Four Stories

Four Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/04/2014

Like everything Bennett does, these stories are playful, witty and painfully observant of ordinary people's foibles. They all have brilliant twists, are immensely entertaining and highly moral. And all are modern classics. The Laying on of Hands The painfully observant account of a memorial service for a masseur to the famous. The Clothes They Stood Up In The comic tale of an elderly couple's trials after their flat is stripped completely bare. Father! Father! Burning Bright The savage satire on the family of a dying man who rules over them from his hospital bed. The Lady in the Van The true story of the eccentric old woman who is invited to live in a homeowner's front garden. She stays there, in her van, for fifteen years. The home is Alan Bennett's. It became a West End hit, starring Maggie Smith.

Hymn and Cocktail Sticks

Hymn and Cocktail Sticks

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/11/2012

It's a dwindling band; old-fashioned and of a certain age, you can pick us out at funerals and memorial services because we can sing the hymns without the book. Alan Bennett writes: In 2001 the Medici Quartet commissioned the composer George Fenton to write them a piece commemorating their thirtieth anniversary. George Fenton appeared in my play Forty Years On and has written music for many of my plays since, and he asked me to collaborate on the commission. Hymn was the result. First performed at the Harrogate Festival in August 2001, it's a series of memoirs with music. Besides purely instrumental passages for the quartet, many of the speeches are under-scored, incorporating some of the hymns and music I remember from my childhood and youth. The text includes both words and music. Hymn is coupled with Cocktail Sticks, an oratorio without music that revisits some of the themes and conversations of Alan Bennett's memoir A Life Like Other People's. A son talks to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life. It's funny, tender and sad. The pinnacle of my social life is a scrutty bit of lettuce and tomato and some tinned salmon. Mind you, I read in Ideal Home that if you mix tinned salmon with this soft cheese you can make it into one of those moussy things. Shove a bit of lemon on it and it looks really classy.

People

People

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A sale? Why not? Release all your wonderful treasures onto the open market and they are there for everyone to enjoy. It's a kind of emancipation, a setting them free to range the world... a saleroom here, an exhibition there; art, Lady Stacpoole, is a rover. People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one's house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy wonders if an attic sale could be a solution. People premieres at the National Theatre, London, in October 2012. As with Alan Bennett's previous two plays, The History Boys and The Habit of Art, People will open in the Lyttelton Theatre in a production directed by the National's artistic director Nicholas Hytner. - How're you doing? - Not sure. - Well why don't you get on the mobile to your dick and find out.

Smut Two Unseemly Stories

Smut Two Unseemly Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother, who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. Though her own husband isn't all that satisfactory either. Still, this is Alan Bennett, so what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately more true to people's predilections. The Greening of Mrs Donaldson Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...

Remembering Cleveland's Jewish Voices

Remembering Cleveland's Jewish Voices

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2011

A literary collection that gives voice to a significant Northeast Ohio immigrant community Since the early nineteenth century, Cleveland and the surrounding region have benefited from the emigration of European Jewry. A unique anthology of essays, short stories, and poems, Remembering: Cleveland's Jewish Voices gathers for the first time rare and previously inaccessible writings about the Jewish experience in Northeast Ohio.Dating from the late 1800s to the 1980s, this collection is organized along five major themes-arts and culture, civic life, work and business, continuity, and philanthropy and service. The editors present a variety of voices that discuss the Jewish cultural gardens, Yiddish theater, socialism in the working class, the cigar industry and Jewish farming, the Alsbacher Document, philanthropic efforts by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and many other topics.Including two pieces by editor Judah Rubinstein, Remembering presents a narrative approach to regional history and will appeal to students of cultural history, urban studies, and Ohio history, as well as to members of the Jewish community.Published in Cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and The Western Reserve Historical Society.

Smut Two Unseemly Stories

Smut Two Unseemly Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2011

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother, who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. Though her own husband isn't all that satisfactory either. Still, this is Alan Bennett, so what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately more true to people's predilections. The Greening of Mrs Donaldson Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...

The Habit of Art

The Habit of Art

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2009

Auden often said that metre and rhyme led him down unexpected paths to thoughts he wouldn't otherwise have had, and in this respect versification and fornication are not so different. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by amongst others their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station. You are a rent boy. I am a poet. Over the wall lives the Dean of Christ Church. We all have our parts to play. Alan Bennett's new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. 'In the end,' said Auden, 'art is small beer. The really serious things in life are earning one's living and loving one's neighbour.'

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2009

The eighties were a busy time for Alan Bennett, playwright, actor and now diarist. But this is not just a diary for theatre lovers, although his insider's ear on the arts world is well-attuned and unmissable. Bennett's life is broader. His accounts of theatre troubles and even more troublesome critics are combined with his memories of a writer's tour of Russia, life in New York and Camden, filming in Egypt and tales of a Yorkshire village. He also covers the big events of his time: the Falklands War, Mrs Thatcher and the assassination of John Lennon. Taken from Alan Bennett's bestselling book, Writing Home, this keenly viewed history of the decade confirms Bennett as one of life's great observers - clear-eyed, compassionate and funny.

Lady in the Van

Lady in the Van

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2009

An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. A kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden. A bizarre tale in itself, but when the homeowner is writer Alan Bennett and the lady stays for 15 years, it's a tale that provides the raw material for a book and a stage play. This is the fascinating story of Miss Shepherd, the genteel vagrant who found a unique place in Alan Bennett's life and writing. Adapted from his stage play and directed by Gordon House, this new version stars Maggie Smith, Alan Bennett and Adrian Scarborough. 'Truly brilliant and totally unmissable' - "e;Radio Times"e;.

The Madness Of George III

The Madness Of George III

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/09/2008

Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent stars as `mad' King George III in the title role of this adaptation of Alan Bennett's award-winning play, which co-stars Cheryl Campbell, Nicholas Farrell and Alun Armstrong. The King is losing his mind. Doctors are brought in as his eccentric behaviour becomes more bizarre and erratic, while his son, the Prince Regent, waits - and plots. Combining Jim Broadbent's `heartbreaking portrayal of the batty old monarch' (Observer) with Alan Bennett's trademark dark humour this full-cast drama was first heard on the BBC's World Service. The Madness of George III was filmed as the Oscar-winning The Madness of King George, starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. 2 CDs. 1 hr 29 mins.

The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/09/2007

It was the corgis' fault. When they strayed through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the Queen discovered the City of Westminster travelling library. The Queen has never had much time for reading - pleasure has always come second place to duty - though now that one is here I suppose one ought to borrow a book. She is about to discover the joys of literature, albeit late in life. One book leads to another and the Queen is soon engrossed in the delights of reading. However, this uncommon reader creates an uncommon problem. The royal household dislikes the Queen's new interest; it makes them uneasy. Books are devices that ignite the imagination. And devices like that are likely to explode. Alan Bennett reads his new story about HM the Queen's all-consuming new interest, as heard on BBC Radio 4. This exclusive and extended edition is twice as long as originally broadcast. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 27 mins.

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2007

Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of 12 groundbreaking monologues, originally filmed for BBC Television. At once darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, Talking Heads is widely regarded as a modern classic. This edition, which contains the complete collection of Talking Heads, as well as his earlier monologue, A Woman of No Importance, is a celebration of Alan Bennett's finest work.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2007

To be brought up in Leeds in the forties was to learn early on the quite useful lesson that life is generally something that happens elsewhere. In this delightful collection of reminiscences Alan Bennett recalls his early years in a sequence of tales that are funny, touching and written in his unique style. Born in Leeds in 1934, he realises from a young age that his family is not like other families. When war breaks out in 1939, the Bennett family is on a tram heading down Tong Road as Neville Chamberlain addresses the nation. 'So, not quite partaking in the national mood and, as ever, unbrushed by the wings of history.' The precocious Alan yearns to see the places and lead the life he reads about in books, but not even the war provides the excitement he longs for. This is an ordinary childhood - hiking in the Dales on Sundays, trips into town with Mam - recalled with wry observation and ironic understatement, which is by turns moving and hilarious. These beautifully rendered snapshots, which include poignant portraits of his parents, confirm Bennett at the forefront of contemporary writing. Presented here as a new edition, Telling Tales will delight Bennett fans and enchant a new generation of readers.

Alan Bennett Triple Bill

Alan Bennett Triple Bill

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/04/2007

A collection of three BBC Radio dramas from award-winning author Alan Bennett. A Visit from Miss Prothero features Mr Dodsworth, a retiree who has all the time in the world. Then he has a visitor from his old firm - Miss Prothero, who is eager to tell him all the news... In Say Something Happened, a naive, inexperienced social worker calls on an elderly couple - but does she need more help than they do? And in Two in Torquay, a middle-aged man and a middle-aged woman engage in polite conversation in a hotel on the Cornish Riviera. But neither is quite who they appear to be. Who is deceiving whom? Amusing, ironic and affectionate, these three adaptations feature Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Routledge, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Brian Wilde, Imelda Staunton and Alan Bennett himself. 1 CD. 1 hr 15 mins.

History Boys: The Film

History Boys: The Film

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 14/11/2006

Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures, The History Boys: The Film contains Alan Bennett's diary of the filming, the shooting script, and an introduction by director Nicholas Hytner, as well as an extensive plate section that includes a look behind the scenes and stills from the film.An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys' school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university, generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In The History Boys, Alan Bennett evokes the special period and place that the sixth form represents in an English boy's life. In doing so, he raises not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.

Untold Stories

Untold Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Here, at last, is the astonishing sequel to Alan Bennett's classic Writing Home, updated for paperback. Untold Stories contains significant previously unpublished work, including a poignant memoir of his family and of growing up in Leeds, together with his much celebrated diary for the years 1996-2004, and numerous other exceptional essays, reviews and comic pieces. Bennett, as always, is both amusing and poignant, whether he's discussing his modest childhood or his work with figures such as Maggie Smith, Thora Hird and John Gielgud. 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.

Four Stories

Four Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Like everything Bennett does, these stories are playful, witty and painfully observant of ordinary people's foibles. They all have brilliant twists, are immensely entertaining and highly moral. And all are modern classics. The Laying on of Hands The painfully observant account of a memorial service for a masseur to the famous. The Clothes They Stood Up In The comic tale of an elderly couple's trials after their flat is stripped completely bare. Father! Father! Burning Bright The savage satire on the family of a dying man who rules over them from his hospital bed. The Lady in the Van The true story of the eccentric old woman who is invited to live in a homeowner's front garden. She stays there, in her van, for fifteen years. The home is Alan Bennett's. It became a West End hit and a major film, starring Maggie Smith.

Single Spies An Englishman Abroad & A Question Of Attribution

Single Spies An Englishman Abroad & A Question Of Attribution

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2006

Two classic Alan Bennett dramas, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In An Englishman Abroad, it is 1958, and in a squalid flat in Moscow, double-agent Guy Burgess is hiding from the world. When he is visited by actress Coral Browne, he is overjoyed to see someone from his former life in England. Starved for information, Burgess interrogates her about English society gossip, and cajoles her into taking home measurements for a new pinstripe suit from his London tailor... A Question of Attribution is set in 1956, when Sir Anthony Blunt - pillar of the Establishment and respected Knight of the Realm - is working as Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures. Perfectly at home in the corridors of Buckingham Palace, he frequently encounters Her Majesty as he works on her paintings, and has a special fondness for one particular Titian. However, there is one small problem: the painting, like Blunt himself, is a fake. Is the Queen aware that her enigmatic servant might also be other than he seems? Poignant and moving, these two brand new adaptations feature household names Simon Callow, Brigit Forsyth, Edward Petherbridge and Prunella Scales. 2 CDs. 1 hr 40 mins.

Alan Bennett, Untold Stories Alan Bennett Untold Stories Written on the Body

Alan Bennett, Untold Stories Alan Bennett Untold Stories Written on the Body

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2006

'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Following on from 'Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories' and 'Part 2: The Diaries', 'Part 3: Written on the Body' is both a reflection on Alan Bennett's childhood and schooldays and a meditation on writing. 'Written on the Body' is a sideways look at Bennett's schooldays at Leeds Modern School, and a recollection of the growing pains of puberty. 'Seeing Stars' is a nostalgic view of the movies of the Forties, seen by Bennett and his family in any one of the half a dozen cinemas in their district in Leeds, including the Western, the Clifton, the Picturedrome and the Lyric. Finally, 'Staring Out of the Window' lets us into Bennett's creative process, which apparently consists of a good deal of ... well... staring out of the window. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 28 mins.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2006

This is the fourth recording from 'Untold Stories', containing 'A Common Assault', 'The History Boys' and 'Arise, Sir...' 'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. After 'Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories', 'Part 2: The Diaries' and 'Part 3: Written on the Body', 'Part 4: A Common Assault' contains two more reminiscences from Bennett's life and an essay on the class system. 'A Common Assault' describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian. 'The History Boys' harks back once more to Bennett's time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly-acclaimed stage play 'The History Boys'. 'Arise, Sir...', finishes on a light-hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2006

'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Following on from 'Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories' and 'Part 2: The Diaries', 'Part 3: Written on the Body' is both a reflection on Alan Bennett's childhood and schooldays and a meditation on writing. 'Written on the Body' is a sideways look at Bennett's schooldays at Leeds Modern School, and a recollection of the growing pains of puberty. 'Seeing Stars' is a nostalgic view of the movies of the Forties, seen by Bennett and his family in any one of the half a dozen cinemas in their district in Leeds, including the Western, the Clifton, the Picturedrome and the Lyric. Finally, 'Staring Out of the Window' lets us into Bennett's creative process, which apparently consists of a good deal of ... well... staring out of the window.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories Part 4: A Common Assault

Alan Bennett Untold Stories Part 4: A Common Assault

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/09/2006

This is the fourth recording from 'Untold Stories', containing 'A Common Assault', 'The History Boys' and 'Arise, Sir...' 'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. After 'Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories', 'Part 2: The Diaries' and 'Part 3: Written on the Body', 'Part 4: A Common Assault' contains two more reminiscences from Bennett's life and an essay on the class system. 'A Common Assault' describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian. 'The History Boys' harks back once more to Bennett's time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly-acclaimed stage play 'The History Boys'. 'Arise, Sir...', finishes on a light-hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 24 mins.

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2006

In 1974, Alan Bennett encountered Miss Mary Shepherd, an elderly eccentric who was living in a van in the street near his home in Camden Town. He eventually allowed her to park her van in his garden, the idea being that she would stay three months - but those three months extended to fifteen years. Alan Bennett's funny and moving dramatization of his memoir of Miss Shepherd opened at the Queen's Theatre, London, in December 1999, starring Maggie Smith.

The History Boys

The History Boys

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/04/2006

After a sell-out national tour and an extended stage run, Alan Bennett's phenomenally successful play transferred to BBC Radio 3, with Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison and Frances de la Tour starring as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university - and starting life. At the heart of The History Boys are four characters, each with contrasting outlooks on teaching and school: Hector, an eccentric English teacher with no interest in exams; Irwin, a young supply teacher who sees history as `entertainment'; Mrs Lintott, a traditionalist, who teaches `history, not histrionics'; and a Headmaster obsessed with results. Described as `the richest play Bennett has ever written' (Financial Times), staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence collide in an intensely moving and thought-provoking play. Winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and South Bank Show Awards for Best New Play. `A superb, life-enhancing play' - Guardian. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 30 mins.

History Boys

History Boys

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2006

After a sell-out national tour and an extended stage run, Alan Bennett's phenomenally successful play transferred to BBC Radio 3, with Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison and Frances de la Tour starring as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university - and starting life. At the heart of The History Boys are four characters, each with contrasting outlooks on teaching and school: Hector, an eccentric English teacher with no interest in exams; Irwin, a young supply teacher who sees history as 'entertainment'; Mrs Lintott, a traditionalist, who teaches 'history, not histrionics'; and a Headmaster obsessed with results. Described as 'the richest play Bennett has ever written' (Financial Times), staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence collide in an intensely moving and thought-provoking play. Winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and South Bank Show Awards for Best New Play. 'A superb, life-enhancing play' - Guardian.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories Alan Bennett Untold Stories Diaries

Alan Bennett Untold Stories Alan Bennett Untold Stories Diaries

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/10/2005

`Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling `Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Following on from `Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories' (also available from BBC Audio), `Part 2: The Diaries' covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004. `Part 2: The Diaries'; Alan Bennett's diaries from 1997-2004 are an erudite collection of witty yet poignant recollections told in his own unique voice. Whether appreciating the simple pleasures of nature, or commenting on religion, politics or the arts, his observations are incisive, funny, and yet always meaningful. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 35 mins.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories Alan Bennett Untold Stories Stories

Alan Bennett Untold Stories Alan Bennett Untold Stories Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/10/2005

'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Two recordings feature selected material from 'Untold Stories': 'Part 1: Stories' contains the title piece, and 'Part 2: The Diaries' covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997 to 2004. 'Part 1: Stories': 'Untold Stories' is a poignant family memoir recalling the marriage of Alan's parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. At times heartrending, and at others extremely funny, 'Untold Stories' is a matchless and unforgettable journey into Alan Bennett's past. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 30 mins.

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

The humorous and moving tale of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric old lady who, by a bizarre series of twists and turns, lived in the author's garden for many years. Alan Bennett reads his own acclaimed work, recently adapted as a West End smash hit starring Maggie Smith as the eccentric old lady.

Alan Bennett  Three Plays

Alan Bennett Three Plays

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

Clever, funny and poignant, Alan Bennett's masterful plays are rightly regarded as modern classics. Kafka's Dick is Bennett's brilliantly clever comedy drama that examines the relationship between life and art, and asks what was Kafka's embarrassing little problem... Alison Steadman, Richard Griffiths and Nigel Anthony star in this BBC Radio 4 adaptation, described by the Daily Telegraph's Gillian Reynolds as 'Pure joy'. Forty Years On stars Alan Bennett in the production of his own acclaimed satirical comedy about a headmaster of Albion House who is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time. It also stars Robert Bathurst and Eleanor Bron. An Englishman Abroad stars Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton as Guy Burgess and Coral Browne in this BBC Radio full-cast drama based on a real-life chance encounter in 1958 between the world famous spy and a Shakespearean actress.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Two recordings feature selected material from 'Untold Stories': 'Part 1: Stories' contains the title piece, and 'Part 2: The Diaries' covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997 to 2004. 'Part 1: Stories': 'Untold Stories' is a poignant family memoir recalling the marriage of Alan's parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. At times heartrending, and at others extremely funny, 'Untold Stories' is a matchless and unforgettable journey into Alan Bennett's past.

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Alan Bennett Untold Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Following on from 'Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories' (also available from BBC Audio), 'Part 2: The Diaries' covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for 1997-2004: an erudite collection of witty yet poignant recollections told in his own unique voice. Whether appreciating the simple pleasures of nature, or commenting on religion, politics or the arts, his observations are incisive, funny, and yet always meaningful.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Following on from the phenomenal success of Writing Home, Alan Bennett reminisces about his early years from his schooldays to undergraduate life at Oxford University. It was an ordinary childhood - growing up in Leeds taught Alan early on that 'life is generally something that happens elsewhere'. Yet the children who long for German bombs to lend their city some wartime glamour; the working class mother who reads Ideal Home and dreams of coffee mornings and cocktail parties; and 18-year-old Alan - a practising Anglican who is deeply distrustful of God - strike a chord within all of us. In fact, it is their very ordinariness that makes these tales so special - combined, of course, with the wry observation and tender understatement that have earned Alan Bennett his place at the forefront of contemporary writing. The stories on this volume are: 'A Strip of Blue', 'Proper Names', 'Our War', 'Eating Out', 'An Ideal Home', 'Aunt Eveline', 'A Shy Butcher', 'Unsaid Prayers', 'Days Out', 'No Mean City'.

The History Boys

The History Boys

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2004

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. In Alan Bennett's classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose. The History Boys premiered at the National in May 2004.

A Private Function

A Private Function

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2004

The Old Crowd A Private Function Prick Up Your Ears 102 Boulevard Haussmann The Madness of King George Starring characters as diverse as George III, Marcel Proust, Joe Orton, and a pig called Betty, Alan Bennett's masterful work for the screen gives as much enjoyment in the reading as it did in the viewing. This classic collection contains a new essay by Alan Bennett, besides the original introductions to A Private Function, Prick Up Your Ears and The Madness of King George. Two companion volumes of Alan Bennett's TV plays are published as Me, I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Rolling Home.

The Complete Beyond the Fringe

The Complete Beyond the Fringe

Author: Alan Bennett, Peter Cook Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/11/2003

Me, I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf A Day Out, Sunset Across the Bay, A Visit From Mrs. Pr

Me, I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf A Day Out, Sunset Across the Bay, A Visit From Mrs. Pr

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/09/2003

Alan Bennett is the acknowledged master of the television play. This vintage collection of his work from the 1970s illustrates his skill and mastery of the medium from the beginning. Perceptive, poignant, truthful and very funny, the work here gives as much enjoyment in the reading as it did in the viewing, and provides a welcome addition to the Bennett canon. The television plays included are A Day Out, Sunset Across the Bay, A Visit from Miss Prothero, Me, I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Green Forms, The Old Crowd and Afternoon Off. This volume contains a new general introduction by Alan Bennett, as well as the original preface by Lindsay Anderson to The Old Crowd. A companion volume of Alan Bennett's work from the late 1970s and early 1980s is published as Rolling Home.

Rolling Home One Fine Day, All Day on the Sands, Our Winnie, Rolling Home

Rolling Home One Fine Day, All Day on the Sands, Our Winnie, Rolling Home

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/09/2003

Funny, touching and real, this second collection of Alan Bennett's classic work for television from the late 1970s and early 1980s is full of fine observations of life as it is lived. Often imitated but never equalled, Bennett's work is a masterclass in how to write for the small screen and gives as much enjoyment in the reading as it did in the viewing. The television plays included in this volume are Our Winnie, All Day on the Sands, One Fine Day, Marks, Say Something Happened, Rolling Home and Intensive Care. This volume also contains a new general introduction by Alan Bennett. A companion volume of Alan Bennett's work from the 1970s is published as Me, I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

The Laying On Of Hands

The Laying On Of Hands

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/09/2001

Clive has died young, in Peru, and in circumstances which make some of his many friends uneasy. The congregation gathered for his memorial service is unexpectedly distinguished; amongst the well-known faces and household names are pop stars, actors, politicians and even members of the government. Such a remarkable assembly, with philanthropy and scholarship seated alongside much that is tawdry and merely fashionable, might with only a little license be taken as a version of England. So how come they all knew Clive - and why does his death make so many of them anxious? Father Jolliffe, the young vicar taking the service, is also in a quandary. As a friend of Clive, and knowing the kind of life he led, what exactly can he say to this gilded but slightly tarnished throng? It's only when Clive's friends in the congregation begin to stand up and share their memories of the dead man that a number of uncomfortable truths are revealed. Another classic from the master of the monologue, Alan Bennett, in which the fragile state of celebrity encounters a universal leveller. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 19 mins.

The Clothes They Stood Up In

The Clothes They Stood Up In

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2001

The Ransomes had been burgled. 'Robbed,' Mrs Ransome said. 'Burgled,' Mr Ransome corrected. Premises were burgled; persons were robbed. Mr Ransome was a solicitor by profession and thought words mattered... The fact is that the Ransomes have been cleaned out. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper; and for the stuffy solicitor and his downtrodden wife it marks a turning point, a kind of liberation. Nothing will ever be quite the same, even when their possessions mysteriously turn up again, exactly as they left them... Sad and funny, poignant and perceptive, this is Bennett at his brilliant best. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 20 mins.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/11/2000

Following on from the phenomenal success of Writing Home, Alan Bennett reminisces about his early years from his schooldays to undergraduate life at Oxford University. It was an ordinary childhood - growing up in Leeds taught Alan early on that 'life is generally something that happens elsewhere'. Yet the children who long for German bombs to lend their city some wartime glamour; the working class mother who reads Ideal Home and dreams of coffee mornings and cocktail parties; and 18-year-old Alan - a practising Anglican who is deeply distrustful of God - strike a chord within all of us. In fact, it is their very ordinariness that makes these tales so special - combined, of course, with the wry observation and tender understatement that have earned Alan Bennett his place at the forefront of contemporary writing. The stories on this volume are: 'A Strip of Blue', 'Proper Names', 'Our War', 'Eating Out', 'An Ideal Home', 'Aunt Eveline', 'A Shy Butcher', 'Unsaid Prayers', 'Days Out', 'No Mean City'. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 10 mins.

Forty Years on Forty Years On BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation

Forty Years on Forty Years On BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisation

Author: Alan Bennett Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/08/2000

The Headmaster has been at Albion House for fifty years, man and boy. Now he is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time. Entitled Speak For England, Arthur, it weaves together a multi-generational story of England: the glorious era at the turn of the century, when the summers were always golden; the fast-living inter-war years peopled by the Bloomsbury Group; and the growing cynicism of a country going to war twice in so many decades. Tongue-in-cheek, the play-within-a-play prompts an outraged response from the Headmaster, who can only see his beloved standards being mocked. Yet within the parody lies an almost-painful nostalgia for a more peaceful age and the timeless misunderstanding of one generation by another. Clever, funny and poignant, Alan Bennett's masterful play is rightly regarded as a modern classic. 2 CDs. 1 hr 44 mins.

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2000

Adapted by the author from his autobiographical memoir, The Lady in the Van tells the story of Miss Mary Shepherd, whom Alan Bennett first came across when she was living in the street near his home in Camden Town. Taking refuge with her van in his garden originally for three months, she ended up staying fifteen years. Funny, touching and unexpectedly spectacular, The Lady in the Van marked the return to the stage of one of our leading playwrights. The Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith opened at the Queen's Theatre, London, in December 1999.

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/03/1999

Alan Bennett is the author of Writing Home, The Madness of George III, Talking Heads, The Clothes They Stood Up In and much else besides. Miss Shepherd lived in a Robin Reliant opposite Bennett's house in Camden Town. After a series of attacks on her van, he suggested she move, with her van, to his front drive. Initially reluctant, she agreed - and Bennett landed himself a tenancy that went on for fifteen years. The Lady in the Van is probably Alan Bennett's best-known work of non-fiction, and follows his other little blockbuster The Clothes They Stood Up In.

The Wind in the Willows Play

The Wind in the Willows Play

Author: Alan Bennett, Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1999

This ingenious adaptation of the classic children's novel created a sensation at the National Theatre of Great Britain. Here are Badger, Rat, Mole and Toad of Toad Hall in the familiar tale with a contemporary slant. Script and songbook sold separately.

Alan Bennett Plays 2 Kafka's Dick; Insurance Man; Old Country; Englishman Abroad; Question of Attribution

Alan Bennett Plays 2 Kafka's Dick; Insurance Man; Old Country; Englishman Abroad; Question of Attribution

Author: Alan Bennett, Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/1998

This second volume of plays by Alan Bennett includes his two Kafka plays, one an hilarious comedy, the other a profound and searching drama. Also included is An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution. The fascination of these two plays lies in the way they question our accepted notions of treachery and, in different ways, make a sympathetic case for Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.

Her Big Chance

Her Big Chance

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1998

Meet Lesley, an actress. She has just completed a video ('targeted chiefly on West Germany') in which she plays Travis, a career girl who enjoys life, spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility.

A Cream Cracker Under the Settee

A Cream Cracker Under the Settee

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1998

Bed Among the Lentils

Bed Among the Lentils

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1998

A touching and very funny playwright, Bennett manages to combine the satiric, cold-eyed sharpness of Flaubert with an embracing human compassion.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Alan Bennett, Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/1996

'Believe me, my young friend, there is absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In them or out of them, it doesn't matter. Whether you get away or you don't, whether you arrive at your destination or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy.' Ever since the publication of Kenneth Grahame's novel in 1908, the characters of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger have delighted generations of readers. Now Alan Bennett has written an adaptation for the stage, a version which is both true to the original and yet carries that distinctive Bennett hallmark. Alan Bennett introduces this edition, writing about the history of the project and the staging of the production. 'Bennett is even able to inject the odd sly joke for the adult without bewildering the tots... the result is a delightful evening, a treat for anyone.' The Times

Say Something Happened

Say Something Happened

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1996

The social services department of the council is preparing a register of the elderly in the area and eager but green June Potter (recently transfered from transport) is despatched to gather information while obtaining some hands-on-experience. Mam and Dad are in their 60s and therefore must be in need of registering - but Mam and Dad, perfectly alert, able-bodied and streetwise have no intention of being registered. Thrown by Mam's no-nonsense approach, the increasingly desperate June resorts to Mr Farquarson's detailed notes on Conducts of Interviews , while Mam sorts her out. This comic, ironic look at patronizing bureaucracy was first televised in 1982.

Alan Bennett Plays 1 Forty Years On, Getting On, Habeas Corpus and Enjoy

Alan Bennett Plays 1 Forty Years On, Getting On, Habeas Corpus and Enjoy

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/1996

A collection of four Alan Bennett plays, with an introduction by the author which describes the background to their writing and performance.

Soldiering on

Soldiering on

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1995

Muriel's husband Ralph has just died, leaving her rather well off - until that is, her son Giles gets his hands on the money. Unused to thinking about financial matters, Muriel submits to Giles' plans and comes out the loser as he has invested unwisely. Eventually, neglected by Giles and no longer needed by her disturbed daughter Margaret, Muriel ends the play alone and poor. Brisk, bright and eternally optimistic, she is determined to soldier on , her persistent cheerfulness striking an icy note in this cool and merciless monologue of self-deception and moral blindness from the stage version of Talking Heads .

The Madness of King George

The Madness of King George

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/1995

When George III's behaviour begins to seem odd, even for Royalty, the collapse of government is imminent. The King is subjected to the horrors of eighteenth-century medicine, the Ministers scrabble to remain in office and the Prince of Wales prepares to take power. An exploration of the nature of kingship, the screenplay for The Madness of King George is based on the successful stage play, The Madness of George III. Alan Bennett's entertaining introduction to the screenplay includes his production diary, notes comparing his stage and screen versions, and the political background to the Court of George III. Also included are a selection of stills from the film.

A Chip in the Sugar

A Chip in the Sugar

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/1994

Graham, a middle-aged bachelor, emotionally retarded and chronically dependent on his mother, finds life difficult enough at the best of times. When Mother meets an old flame and seems set to marry him, however, Graham's old insecurities rear their ugly heads again. Fate, eventually, rescues Graham and he resumes his normal life of banal muddle under his mother's amnesiac tyranny.

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/1994

At work Peggy has carved herself a comfortable niche. Once in hospital, she loses no time in establishing herself as Queen Bee, taking on several responsibilities. Persistently cheerful, blind to the feelings of others and, at heart, terribly lonely, Peggy is at once a richly comic and desperately moving creation, providing a rewarding challenge for a mature actress.

A Lady of Letters

A Lady of Letters

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/1994

The Madness of George III

The Madness of George III

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/02/1992

George III's behaviour has often been odd, but now he is deranged, with rumours circulating that he has even addressed an oak tree as the King of Prussia. Doctors are brought in, the government wavers and the Prince Regent manoeuvres himself into power. Alan Bennett's play explores the court of a mad king, and the fearful treatments he was forced to undergo. It is about the nature of kingship itself, showing how by subtle degrees the ruler's delirium erodes his authority and status. The Madness of George III premiered at the National Theatre, London, in November 1991.

Single Spies

Single Spies

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1991

Enjoy

Enjoy

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1989

Dad thinks everything will be better when the family moves. The social worker who calls to observe their lives turns out to be absent son Terry, idolized by Mam, in drag. Secretary daughter Linda, in reality a prostitute, breezes in, shattering Dad's illusions. The house is dismantled around them to be rebuilt in a park preserving the ideals of family life. Mam will be in a showcase whilst Dad is carted off to the geriatric ward.

Kafka's Dick

Kafka's Dick

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1987

This hilarious and unusual play satirizes the ridiculous propensity we often have to show less interest in an artist's work than in meaningless details of his private life, such as his sex life. It begins with Kafka near the end of his life making his famous request to his friend Max Brod that his works be burned at his death. We then flash forward to the present, where Kafka fanatic Sydney, an insurance salesman, is laboring away at an article on Kafka for 'Small Print; The Journal of Insurance Studies'. Who should miraculously appear but Kafka himself, followed closely by Brod and finally by Kafka's father, who wants to vindicate himself to posterity. The penultimate scene takes place in Heaven, where Kafka observes: I'll tell you something. Heaven is going to be hell.

Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus

Author: Alan Bennett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/1976

Uncommon Reader, The

Uncommon Reader, The

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

It was the corgis' fault. When they strayed through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the Queen discovered the City of Westminster travelling library. The Queen has never had much time for reading - pleasure's always come second place to duty - 'though now that one is here I suppose one ought to borrow a book'. She is about to discover the joys of literature, albeit late in life. One book leads to another and the Queen is soon engrossed in the delights of reading. However, this uncommon reader creates an uncommon problem. The royal household dislikes the Queen's new interest; it makes them uneasy. Books are devices that ignite the imagination. And devices like that are likely to explode. Alan Bennett reads his new story about HM the Queen's all-consuming new interest, as heard on BBC Radio 4. This exclusive and extended edition is twice as long as originally broadcast.

Englishman Abroad, An

Englishman Abroad, An

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Michael Gambon is Guy Burgess and Penelope Wilton the actress Coral Browne in Bennett's re-telling of a real-life incident. Whilst touring 'Hamlet' in Moscow with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1958, Browne is astonished to have Burgess appear in her dressing room. Having disappeared from England in 1951 together with fellow diplomat Donald Maclean, spy Burgess is a wanted man. Bennett's take on the encounter is both poignant and comic, and the play examines his life in exile, his love of England and his even greater love of Russia. This full-cast dramatisation was originally broadcast on BBC World Service.

Father! Father! Burning Bright

Father! Father! Burning Bright

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Alan Bennett reads his own funny and poignant story set largely in a northern hospital. Comedy is mixed with farce and family relationships are revealed in a throw-away sentence in this moving tale from the master storyteller.

Hymn

Hymn

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Alan Bennett joins forces with the acclaimed Medici String Quartet for a prestigious world premiere first performed at the Harrogate Festival in August 2001. 'Hymn' is a series of prose pieces about Alan Bennett's early experiences of music: the hymns he learned as a boy, the violin his father never managed to teach him and the concerts he went to in Leeds. Bennett's musical memories are produced and set to music by the celebrated film composer, George Fenton. This release was recorded live in front of a specially invited audience in the BBC Radio Theatre on 28 November 2001.

Forty Years On

Forty Years On

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Alan Bennett stars in a new production of his own acclaimed satrical comedy, thirty years after its original West End debut. The Headmaster has been at Albion House for fifty years, man and boy. Now he is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time. Entitled 'Speak For England, Arthur', it weaves together a multi-generational story of England: the glorious era at the turn of the century, when the summers were always golden; the fast-living inter-war years peopled by the Bloomsbury Group; and the growing cynicism of a country going to war twice in so many decades. Tongue-in-cheek, the play-within-a-play prompts an outraged response from the Headmaster, who can only see his beloved standards being mocked. Yet within the parody lies an almost-painful nostalgia for a more peaceful age and the timeless misunderstanding of one generation by another. Clever, funny and poignant, Alan Bennett's masterful play is rightly regarded as a modern classic.

Alan Bennett: Four Stories

Alan Bennett: Four Stories

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Alan Bennett, master storyteller, reads four of his highly-acclaimed stories. 'The Lady in the Van' - An eccentric old lady and her van are told to move on by the council, but a kind homeowner invites her to live in his garden. In this bizarre tale, the homeowner is Alan Bennett and the woman stays for fifteen years. As heard on BBC Radio 4, this edition also includes the short story, 'Uncle Clarence'. 'The Clothes They Stood Up In' - The Ransomes have been burgled, robbed, cleaned out. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper. But, for the stuffy solicitor and his downtrodden wife, it marks a kind of liberation where nothing will ever be quite the same. 'The Laying On of Hands' - A darkly humorous story for our times in which the fragile state of celebrity encounters a universal leveller. 'Father! Father! Burning Bright' - Midgley determines not to let his dying father down and mounts a vigil by his bedside. Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.

Alan Bennett at the BBC

Alan Bennett at the BBC

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Alan Bennett presents highlights from his remarkable career at the BBC. This unique anthology of Bennett's BBC radio and television work features extracts from his diaries and readings, as well as tributes to friends Russell Harty and Peter Cook. He recollects his early memories of Leeds, reads his favourite children's stories (most of which he only discovered as an adult) and reveals his first and only true comedy performance. He talks about the business of being a writer and muses on language, television, the theatre and his abiding interest in art and architecture.

Laying on of Hands, The

Laying on of Hands, The

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Alan Bennett's short story, published in the 'London Review of Books' in May 2001 and then by Profile Books in September, is read here by the author. The action takes place at a memorial service for a young man who died prematurely, abroad and in mysterious circumstances.

Madness of George III, The

Madness of George III, The

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent stars as 'mad' King George III in the title role of this adaptation of Alan Bennett's award-winning play, which co-stars Cheryl Campbell, Nicholas Farrell and Alun Armstrong. The King is losing his mind. Doctors are brought in as his eccentric behaviour becomes more bizarre and erratic, while his son, the Prince Regent, waits - and plots. Combining Jim Broadbent's 'heartbreaking portrayal of the batty old monarch' ('Observer') with Alan Bennett's trademark dark humour this full-cast drama was first heard on the BBC's World Service. 'The Madness of George III' was filmed as the Oscar-winning 'The Madness of King George', starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren.

Life Like Other People's, A

Life Like Other People's, A

Author: Alan Bennett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A Life Like Other People's (Originally Released as Untold Stories Part 1)

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