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Father! Father! Burning Bright Paperback – 21 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books/ London Review; 1st edition (6 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861972032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861972033
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.7 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning life as a 1982 BBC TV screenplay entitled Intensive Care, Father! Father! Burning Bright was subsequently transformed into prose by Alan Bennett "in the hope of finding more to the character" Midgley than had emerged from its screen version. The result is vintage Alan Bennett.

Father! Father! Burning Bright is a bittersweet comedy of manners based on the humdrum existence of Denis Midgley, an ineffectual schoolteacher reviled by his elderly father, bored wife and dull pupils, who is abruptly pulled from a parent's evening to be told that his father is dying. "On the many occasions Midgley had killed his father death had always come easily". When fantasy fades and reality bites, however, Midgley finds himself reassessing his relationship with his father as he clings to life and Midgley camps outside the under-resourced hospital that pays scant attention to the life or death of Midgley senior. As bored relatives shuffle in and out, Midgley strikes up an unlikely relationship with Nurse Valery that leads to an unlikely victory for Midgley's father. Told with Bennett's trademark spareness and laconic approach to life, death and life up north, Father! Father! Burning Bright is a perfect introduction to Bennett's writing. --Jerry Brotton

About the Author

The film adaptation of the hit play The Lady in the Van is out now in the UK.

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.

At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for the Best New Play and the South Bank Award. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre's most successful production ever.

His collection of prose Writing Home was a number one bestseller. Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.


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This is typical Alan Bennett brilliance with his sideways take on human behaviour and his unnerving observation of people - all coming together with a surprise at the end. A good plot and well written, of course.
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This story had a very real and earthy feel to it
It sadly tells of dysfunctional relationships between a man and his father and also his wife and children
Slightly depressing but very believable
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Loved it. Alan Bennett is such a good observer of life. Midgely is a sad character who feels undervalued by all his family. He lives under the shadow of his father. The end of the story, when his father dies, leaves the reader wondering if Midgely will at last start living and be his own man.
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Poor Midgely. We all know one. Under the thumb, no say, no authority. Even his wife has claimed the eponymous Father. But as he waits for dad to die we meet the people around Denis and realise he's not all bad. Beautifully controlled writing. A quick and satisfying read.
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Typical Bennett, very amusing. Nice little read. For the price worth giving it a read. Recommend it to anyone who likes Bennett.
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Alan Bennett at his laconic best! A most enjoyable read which leaves the readeer thinking for a long time afterwards.
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A shortish read but very Alan Bennett , funny and thought provoking and beautifully observed.
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A good Alan Bennet tale, told with hunour and stiks the right note.
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