A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett

About the book

Alan Bennett’s A Life Like Other People’s is a poignant family memoir offering a portrait of his parents’ marriage and recalling his Leeds childhood, Christmases with Grandma Peel, and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties Kathleen and Myra. Bennett’s powerful account of his mother’s descent into depression and later dementia comes hand in hand with the uncovering of a long-held tragic secret. A heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.

Reviewed by CC Readers Reading Group:

All enjoyed this – found it moving, touching, humorous. Beautiful spare writing. Sad but not depressing. Evoked our pasts and the people from our pasts. some found it a little too intimate – like prying into people’s lives. Very direct criticism of the care of elderly people and especially those with dementia.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett”

  1. Review by Champagne Reading Group:
    All were agreed that Bennett is unsparing in his observations both of his family and himself. He writes with love of his parents but is occasionally bewildered by their reticence. The description of his mother in an Old Peoples’ Home is shockingly accurate.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Museum Reading Group:
    We all loved this, very enjoyable – humurous as always with Bennett though sad too.
    Star rating: ****

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