A Life Like Other People's

Alan Bennett

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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FROM ONE OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST LIVING WRITERS AND THE AUTHOR OF THE UNCOMMON READER, A FAMILY MEMOIR AND UNIQUE WORK OF ART—A LIFE LIKE OTHER IS ALAN BENNETT AT HIS BEST

In this poignant memoir of his parents’ marriage, Alan Bennett recalls the lost world of his childhood and the lives, loves, and deaths of his unforgettable aunties, Kathleen and Myra. First published in the acclaimed collection Untold Stories, this tender, intimate family portrait beautifully captures the Bennetts’ hopes, disappointments, and yearning for a life like other people’s. With the sudden descent of his mother into depression, and later dementia, Bennett uncovers a long-held family secret in this extraordinarily moving and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography.

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There is a wood, the canal, the river, and above the river the railway and the road. It’s the first proper country that you get to as you come north out of Leeds, and going home on the train I pass the place quite often. Only these days I look. I’ve been passing the place for years without looking because I didn’t know it was a place; that anything had happened there to make it a place, let alone a place that had something to do with me. Below the wood the water is deep and dark and sometimes there’s a boy fishing or a couple walking a dog.

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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."
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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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A Life Like Other People's
Alan Bennett

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2010
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ISBN: 9781429951593
ISBN10: 1429951591
256 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374191924
ISBN10: 0374191921
5 x 6 9/16 inches, 256 pages, 25 Black-and-White Photographs
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