Untold Stories Paperback – 7 Sep 2006
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'Alan Bennett, with his combination of pitiless observation and gentle understatement, is perhaps the best-loved of English writers alive today.' -- Sunday Telegraph, 25th September 2005
'He can find more drama in a cup of Darjeeling than others could in a household of nymphomaniacs.' -- Rosemary Goring, Glasgow Herald, 8th October 2005
'I have never read a book of this length where I have turned the last page with such regret.' -- John Carey, Sunday Times, 2nd October 2005
'This thick book is so full of good things they could sell it for twice the price.' -- Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2005
'that's the Christmas present shopping sorted . . .' -- Imogen Stubbs, Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2005 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
Untold Stories is the wonderful sequel to Alan Bennett's classic Writing Home.See all Product Description
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Alan Bennett is a master both of language and of observation. He can make telling statements about individuals in a few words, can deliver incisive insights into the human condition with a twist of a phrase. He's a writer, but you are destined to hear him read his words to you - that unmistakable voice echoes from the pages, massaging your mind into receptivity. You can't read Bennett - or listen to an audiobook or watch his television productions - without sinking into actively relaxed mode. He transports you to another world and another time, utterly captivating you.
This is masterly writing, completely un-put-downable. It's a lesson in both writing and in understanding your own family. It leaves you wanting to talk to your relatives, to enquire into their experiences, learn their history … or it will leave you wishing you'd asked your mother more, or listened to your aunt, or shown your uncle greater respect. Fascinating, absorbing, energising!
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Utterly compelling. These collected stories flow with the ease that conceals superb writing. So much was recognisable, so many of my own memories were evoked that I am very... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Valerie Stephens
The first part that is autobiography is very good and had me laughing out loud. It is also very moving and readers with a relative who has dementia will fully relate to his account... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Peter G
Bennett eschews commonplace telling. Not for him is the chronologically conventional ‘cradle to contemporary’ autobiography. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stewart Robertson