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Three Stories: "Father! Father! Burning Bright", "The Clothes They Stood Up in", "The Laying on of Hands" Paperback – 28 Aug 2003


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; New edition edition (28 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186197633X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861976338
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. On Broadway, The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critcs' Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics' Award, a New York Drama League Award and six Tony's. The Habit of Art opened at the National in 2009. His collection of prose, Untold Stories, won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. The Uncommon Reader was published in 2007.

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Three of the inimitable Alan Bennett's novellas, already published successfully and separately by Profile in small format, are collated into one wry volume. The Clothes They Stood Up In, which sold more than 200,000 copies as a stand-alone, is the best one and relates the whimsical fate of Mr and Mrs Ransome who come home from a concert to discover every item stripped from their flat, leaving them to cope without any material possessions. The Laying on of Hands, a memorial service which goes disastrously wrong, and Father! Father! Burning Bright on the lingering death of a father in hospital, complete the trilogy. More than a treat because Bennett conveys painful truths with painless wit, scathing social comment under the guise of entertainment, and emotions so palpable in private or embarrassing moments that they are readily identified with.

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Alan Bennett's many stage and television plays and his prose collection, Writing Home, have made him one of Britain's best-loved authors. He has a huge international reputation for his plays and films which include: Habeus Corpus, Kafka's Dick, Private Function, The Madness of George III and many others â? often multi-prize winning. But it is his fiction (The Clothes They Stood Up In

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Rowbottom on 6 Feb. 2013
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Brilliant read as always Alan Bennett is on form and although a thin volume it was extremely enjoyable as always.
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Alan Bennett is totally succinct and touches on to the real emotion which is uncommon to most readers. As a lady of mature years I resonate with his generation's experiences and would recommend his autobiographies which are wonderfully written and had each family member described down to the last detail so clear that I felt as if I had known them.
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a really good read and highly amusing as well . recommended by a friend this did not disappoint .Alan Bennett at his best .
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By P. Trendall on 28 Jan. 2014
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Alan Bennett is a supreme story teller and fans of his will not be disappointed with this trilogy. Well worth buying
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