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Keeping On Keeping On

Keeping On Keeping On

Alan Bennett



A collection of Bennett’s diaries and essays, covering 2005 to 2015

Alan Bennett’s third collection of prose, Keeping On Keeping On, follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories. Bringing together the hilarious, revealing, and lucidly intelligent writing of one of England’s best-known literary figures, Keeping On Keeping On contains Bennett’s diaries from 2005 to 2015—with everything from his much celebrated essays to his irreverent comic pieces and reviews—reflecting on a decade that saw four major theater premieres and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. A chronicle of one of the most important literary careers of the twentieth century, Keeping On Keeping On is a classic history of a life in letters.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year, NPR Best Book of the Year, Lambda Literary Award - Nominee


Since diaries make up the bulk of this book a diary entry is an appropriate start:

10 December 2015. Trying to hit on a title for this collection I pick up Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings … a presentation...

Praise for Keeping On Keeping On

Praise for Alan Bennett

"It is a glaring example of modern English frivolity that [Bennett] is not simply regarded—with awe and terror—as one of the greatest living English writers . . . If you want to understand the cultural wars in England now, and if you want to come to grips with a great writer and a challenging mind, then Bennett is your man." —The Nation

"While he plays the old crank who is put upon by the world as it is, Bennett reveals an eye for detail and a feel for the complexity of human interactions." —Publishers Weekly

"[Bennett] is a fine storyteller . . . His memories of fellow actors Peter Cook and Dudly Moore are wry, witty, and honest." —Library Journal


Reviews from Goodreads

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett has been one of England's leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His work includes the Talking Heads television series and the stage plays Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, and The Madness of King George III, which was made into a major motion picture. His play The History Boys won six Tony Awards, including best play, in 2006. His other books include the critically acclaimed collected writings Untold Stories and Writing Home, Smut (short stories), The Uncommon Reader (a novella), and many more.

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Alan Bennett


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