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.
Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selection for this title is: My Father's Fortune by Michael Frayn
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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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.
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Publication date29th April 2010
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PublisherFaber and Faber
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