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  • The Lady in the Vanby Alan Bennett

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 4.67

    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... more...

  • Meeting the Devilby London Review Of Books; Alan Bennett

    Random House 2013; US$ 20.78

    Autobiography has been an essential element of the London Review of Books since its founding in 1979. This volume collects many outstanding pieces of memoir that first appeared in the LRB ?s pages. Here, Lorna Sage remembers growing up with her grandfather during the Second World War, Jenny Diski imagines her own burial, and Hilary Mantel tackles... more...

  • Alan Bennett Plays 1by Alan Bennett

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 17.99

    This collection of Alan Bennett's work includes his first play and West End hit, Forty Years On , as well as Getting On , Habeus Corpus , and Enjoy . Forty Years On 'Alan Bennett's most gloriously funny play ... a brilliant, youthful perception of a nation in decline, as seen through the eyes of a home-grown school play ... a classic.'... more...

  • Alan Bennett Plays 2by Alan Bennett

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 17.99

    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... more...

  • The Clothes They Stood Up Inby Alan Bennett

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 14.95

    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. Though "burgled" was the wrong word too. Burglars select; they pick; they remove one item and ignore others. There is a limit to what burglars... more...

  • The Clothes They Stood Up Inby Alan Bennett

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 2.66

    The Clothes They Stood Up In is Alan Bennett's first story. Like Charles Dickens' novels which were first published in magazines, it originally appeared in the London Review of Books - which the author says 'seems to me (and not just because I occasionally contribute to it) the liveliest, most serious and also the most radical literary periodical... more...

  • Father! Father! Burning Brightby Alan Bennett

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 2.66

    Alan Bennett's second story. This time, set in the 1970s, in classic Bennett country, Yorkshire. 'On the many occasions Midgley had killed his father, death had always come easily. He died promptly, painlessly and without a struggle. Looking back, Midgley could see that even in these imagined deaths he had failed his father. It was not like him to... more...

  • Four Storiesby Alan Bennett

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 9.31

    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... more...

  • The Habit of Artby Alan Bennett

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    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.... more...

  • The History Boysby Alan Bennett

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 13.11

    The hilarious comedy following a class of '80s schoolkids and their teachers, from the much-loved author of Untold Stories. more...