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.
About the Author
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