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"Fans of Bennett know what to expect—bracingly good prose, a well-seeded laugh here and there and much food for thought."
--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

ALAN BENNETT has been one of England’s leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe. The History Boys (Faber, 2006) won six Tony Awards; his most recent play is The Habit of Art.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Printing edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374191921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374191924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist, a succession of whose plays have been staged at the Royal National Theatre and whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He made his first stage appearance with Beyond the Fringe and his latest play was The Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith. Episodes from his award-winning Talking Heads series have been shown on PBS. His first novel, The Clothes They Stood Up In, was published in 2000. He lives in London.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on December 9, 2009
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These days Alan Bennett is enjoying a well deserved renaissance with a new play "The Habit of Art" in London, plus the recent hit play/film "The History Boys," novel "The Uncommon Reader" and Pen/Ackerley Prize winning non-fiction collection "Untold Stories" still fresh in our minds. This new volume was lifted in it's entirety from "Untold Stories," and deservedly so.

In "A Life Like Other People's" the openly gay Bennett tells with great wit and measured sentimentality the story of his parents and maternal aunts.

We are treated to truly inspired reminisces of the author's earliest and formative years. The story of how his parents met, and their absurd wedding ceremony (or lack there of), his mothers mental illness, and his father's all consuming steadfastness. There is a poignant scene of visiting his mother in an asylum; a harrowing scene of searching for an aunt with Alzheimer's who's slipped away from her hospital ward. There are revelations of family secrets, as well as ribald stories of marital misadventure. Finally there is a heartrending scene in a nursing home between mother and son that left this reader gob smacked by the purity of the writing.

This volume (which I ordered from Amazon.UK) is a precious gift of memories and observations, anecdotes and personal judgments harsh, humorous and unabashedly honest
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Verity on September 26, 2010
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Who am I to tell you that Alan Bennett can write super, extra, especially good? He can, of course, and this book offers further proof of that longstanding fact. It also is as human as any book I have ever read, a quiet but exquisite memoir of his parents, a gem of understated prose, a gift of love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Greensmith Jordan on June 20, 2013
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While this title tells us nothing, the book is a delight with its people I wish I knew and adventures I'd like to share. Great for dreamers like me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Priscila Garcia Couto on November 11, 2012
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A very good book. All the qualities of a good literary work are present: I recommend it.
I am a compulsive reader, and I'm never fooled by sub-standard books - even when they are "best-sellers"... But THIS is quite a good book, well written and honest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micha on September 24, 2012
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l'article est arrivé à temps il est de qualité et en plus c'est un très joli livre que demander de plus !
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