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Untold Stories

Alan Bennett

Untold Stories is the wonderful sequel to Alan Bennett’s classic Writing Home, as an ebook for the first time.

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Alan Bennett’s first collection of prose since Writing Home takes in all his major writings over the last ten years. The title piece is a poignant family memoir with an account of the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. Bennett, as always, is both amusing and poignant, whether he’s discussing his modest childhood or his work with the likes of Maggie Smith, Thora Hird and John Gielgud. Also included are his much celebrated diaries for the years 1996 to 2004. At times heartrending and at others extremely funny,Untold Stories is a matchless and unforgettable anthology.

Since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s Alan Bennett has delighted audiences worldwide with his gentle humour and wry observations about life. His many works include Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, Talking Heads, A Question of Attribution and The Madness of King George. The History Boys opened to great acclaim at the National in 2004, and is winner of the Evening Standard Award, the South Bank Award and the Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play.

‘Perhaps the best loved of English writers alive today.’ Sunday Telegraph

Untold Stories is published jointly with Profile Books.

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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

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This thick book is so full of good things they could sell it for twice the price.' Daily Telegraph

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I have never read a book of this length where I have turned the last page with such regret.' John Carey, Sunday Times

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He can find more drama in a cup of Darjeeling than others could in a household of nymphomaniacs.' Glasgow Herald

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That's the Christmas present shopping sorted . . .' Imogen Stubbs, Daily Telegraph

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The reader will be moved from tears to laughter.

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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 the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van (together with the screenplay), A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and…

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