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Writing Home

Alan Bennett

Picador

Bringing together the hilarious, revealing, and lucidly intelligent writing of one of England’s best known literary figures, Writing Home includes the journalism, book and theater reviews, and diaries of Alan Bennett, as well as “The Lady in the Van,” his unforgettable account of Miss Shepherd, a London eccentric who lived in a van in Bennett’s garden for more than twenty years. This revised and updated edition includes new material from the author, including more recent diaries and his introduction to his Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Madness of King George. A chronicle of one of the most important literary careers of the twentieth century, Writing Home is a classic history of a life in letters.

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The Treachery of Books‘What you want to be’, Mam said to my brother and me, ‘is gentlemen farmers. They earn up to £10 a week.’ This was in Leeds some time in the early years of the war, when my father, a butcher at Armley Lodge Road Co-op, was getting £6 a week and they thought themselves not badly off. So it’s not the modesty of my mother’s aspirations that seems surprising now but the direction. Why gentlemen farmers? And the answer, of course, was books.
We had, it’s true, had some experience of a farm. I was five when the war started,
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Praise for Writing Home

“[A] wonderful book, the wit of which spills over even into the index....There’s so much here...[Bennett] is angry, hilariously self-pitying and he writes beautifully.” —The Times (London)

“Delightful.” —Time

“A classic performance.” —Times Literary Supplement

“Brilliantly perceptive...If anyone wants to define the distinctive Englishness of English writing, they can find it all in this book—modesty, irony, self-deprecating wit, and supremely good observation.” —Daily Telegraph

“The book [contains] perhaps the funniest piece ever written about the theater...marvelous, marvelous, marvelous.” —The Independent

“Irresistibly well written, wry, witty, every sentence a pleasure...Humane, observant, and sharply intelligent.” —Sunday Time

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alan Bennett

  • Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist, whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the author of The Clothes They Stood Up In and Writing Home. He lives in London, England
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