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Alan Bennett

(24 Posts)
Anniebach Sat 29-Oct-16 11:22:53

His diaries 'Keeping on keeping on' The book is out,a CD will be released this month with Bennett reading , it is so amusing

Greyduster Sat 29-Oct-16 13:18:41

Love Alan Bennett. I have a copy of "Untold Stories", about his relationship with his parents, and, among other things, extracts from his diaries. He wrote some amazing plays, my favourite of which is "A Question of Attribution", about the spy Anthony Blunt.

Anniebach Sat 29-Oct-16 14:02:46

Radio 4 have played his readings this week, certainly cheered me up, he just says it as it is, brilliant

whitewave Sat 29-Oct-16 14:16:49

Oh missed that! I am very fond of his books. Loved the little one about the Queen discovering reading.

whitewave Sat 29-Oct-16 14:17:20

Oh yes and his plays of course.

Grannyknot Sat 29-Oct-16 14:41:48

His book "Smut" was awful!

SueDonim Sat 29-Oct-16 16:36:02

I'm reading Untold Stories at the moment. He's very...human...if you know what I mean. smile

Eloethan Sat 29-Oct-16 16:45:41

He is brilliant.

Ana Sat 29-Oct-16 16:50:40

I agree about Smut, Grannyknot. Very disappointing.

Looking forward to reading this new one though!

Shanma Sun 30-Oct-16 00:40:31

I have been listening to him on Radio 4 too, and really enjoying it.
Have always loved his work.

Elrel Sun 30-Oct-16 23:15:49

Love his voice, and the honesty of his reactions to his experiences.

Anniebach Sun 30-Oct-16 23:22:40

I too am enjoying it Shama

Nelliemoser Sun 30-Oct-16 23:27:52

Yes I just had to listen he is so funny.

chelseababy Mon 31-Oct-16 05:30:11

It's on radio 4 again this week 9;45

Anniebach Mon 31-Oct-16 09:53:53

I just listened to him talking to Andrew Mar on radio 4

rosesarered Mon 31-Oct-16 09:58:21

Have read just about everything he has ever published.He is great doing readings of his own work.I think he must have been born with 'an older voice' grin

Jane10 Tue 08-Nov-16 09:51:07

Am currently thoroughly enjoying 'Untold Stories ' as recommended here. What an interesting mind Alan Bennett has. He's truly a national treasure. I presume he must have been offered and refused a knighthood at some time? If Joan Collins can be DBE he's surely more of a credit to the country than her!

SueDonim Tue 08-Nov-16 15:48:56

I'm almost at the end of the book, Jane10. What I like so much is just how ordinary and unpretentious he is and how he lives like most people do. I can imagine him living next door to me or across the road. smile

Jane10 Tue 08-Nov-16 15:57:51

I wish he did!

Elrel Mon 21-Nov-16 20:33:16

He's really great,

rosesarered Mon 21-Nov-16 22:47:09

Gransnet is just the sort of thing that Bennett might well peek into, he always says that he listens in to conversations of older people ( of course he's an older person himself now)grin so we may find our posts replicated in his next book.

Jane10 Tue 22-Nov-16 06:19:48

I wonder what he'd make of some of the threads!
One of my guilty pleasures is eavesdropping on old ladies on the bus or in tearooms. Its probably harder for Alan Bennett to do that incognito though.

Anya Tue 22-Nov-16 06:34:33

Do you think......shock

rosesarered Tue 22-Nov-16 13:52:22

Yes! He is ........da da da! One of us. ( which one?) grin