A Life Like Other People's

by Alan Bennett

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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 Synopsis

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. A heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.

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'The best thing he has done' - Ferdinand Mount, Financial Times

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ISBN: 9780571248124
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571248124
Publication date: 3rd September 2009
Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Memoirs,

About 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 ...

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