Untold Stories by Alan Bennett

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Untold Stories contains new unpublished diaries, as well as a poignant memoir of his family and of growing up in Leeds, together with his much celebrated diary for the years 1996-2004, and numerous other exceptional essays, reviews and comic pieces.

Reviewed by  Museum Book Reading Group:

We all enjoyed the account of his home, boyhood and relations. This provoked a discussion on his Aunts and the freeing of women into a life of their own in wartime. We didn’t touch on his present life or the art section. Discussed ‘Lady in the Van’ with interest in the play.

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A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett

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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.

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