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Alan Bennett
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... show more



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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Birth date: May 09, 1934
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it 11 months ago
The Queen discovers reading and becomes an avid reader. Her staff is upset. She's not supposed to read. Where they used to know what questions she would ask and would brief people on how to respond, now the conversation could go anywhere. She used to take suggestions from the young man who introduce...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 years ago
A short novella on the joys, growth and enlightenment reading can bring, even to the most enlightened, at any time in life. It's also an accurate portrayal of the consuming obsession reading can become (truth, as we all well know). Layered atop this testimony of the power of the word is another...
markk
markk rated it 2 years ago
This was an absolutely delightful meditation on the value of reading. The idea of the Queen becoming a voracious reader was inspired, as was Bennett's description of how her staff responds to this dismaying development. But how he used the premise to comment on what makes reading worthwhile is the r...
This little library of mine
This little library of mine rated it 2 years ago
Quick read, very entertaining.
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 2 years ago
One of England’s finest and most loved writers explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people’s public appearance and their private desires in two tender and surprising stories.In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson, a recently bereaved widow finds interesting ways to supplement her income ...
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