Untold Stories

by Alan Bennett

Biography / Autobiography The Real World

LoveReading View on Untold Stories

One of the most exciting pieces of publishing this autumn.  Six hundred pages of pure delight from childhood memories through diary entries, theatre and radio anecdotes, to reflection, observation, philosophy and wisdom.  Almost impossible to pull away from, it is a must.

Sarah Broadhurst

Untold Stories Synopsis

This is Alan Bennett’s first major collection since Writing Home which was a Number One bestseller and follows the considerable success of The History Boys, which continues to enjoy considerable success at the National Theatre.

Untold Stories brings together the very best of Alan Bennett’s writing from the last nine years. The book includes significant unpublished work, including the title piece, a poignant memoir of his family and of growing up in Leeds, together with his much celebrated diary for the years 1996-2004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. It is a compendium of some of his very finest and funniest writing.


Untold Stories Press Reviews

‘that’s the Christmas present shopping sorted…’  Imogen Stubbs - Daily Telegraph

‘I have never read a book of this length where I have turned the last page with such regret. It is intelligent, educated, engaging, humane, self-aware, cantankerous and irresistibly funny. You want it to go on forever.’
John Carey - Sunday Times

‘Alan Bennett, with his combination of pitiless observation and gentle understatement, is perhaps the best loved of English writers alive today.’  Sunday Telegraph

‘Bennett’s voice is uniquely his own…there runs through his writing a rigorously observant sympathy.’  Guardian

 â€˜Even when discussing boredom, Bennett is never boring.’  Independent on Sunday

‘Alan Bennett has become about the nearest thing we have to a National Living Treasure…and Bennett has always remained true to himself, his past, and above all his parents.’  Evening Standard

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ISBN: 9780571228300
Publication date: 03/10/2005
Publisher: Faber And Faber & Profile Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571228300
Publication date: 3rd October 2005
Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: Faber And Faber & Profile Books
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,

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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