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Telling Tales by Alan Bennett
Book DescriptionThis book features ten childhood snapshots from the master of the monologue such as: "A Strip Of Blue", "Proper Names", "Our War", "Eating Out", "An Ideal Home", "Aunt Eveline", "A Shy Butcher", "Unsaid Prayers", "Days Out", and, "No Mean City". Following on from the phenomenal success of "Writing Home", Alan Bennett reminisces about his early years - from his schooldays to undergraduate life at Oxford University. It was an ordinary childhood - growing up in Leeds taught Alan early on that 'life is generally something that happens elsewhere'. Yet the children who long for German bombs to lend their city some wartime glamour; the working class mother who reads "Ideal Home" and dreams of coffee mornings and cocktail parties; and 18-year-old Alan - a practising Anglican who is deeply distrustful of God, strike a chord within all of us. In fact, it is their very ordinariness that makes these tales so special - combined, of course, with the wry observation and tender understatement that have earned Alan Bennett his place at the forefront of contemporary writing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780563478089
(140mm x 127mm x 254mm)
Imprint: BBC Physical Audio
Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan Bennett
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The inimitable Alan Bennett selects and comments upon six favorite poets and the pleasures of their works
Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin, Paperback (October 2015)» View all books by Alan Bennett
Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. In this personal anthology, the author has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail.
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