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ISBN: 9781250192776752 Pages
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.
Lambda Literary Award - Nominee, NPR Best Book of the Year, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year
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