Four Stories (Paperback)

Alan Bennett

Here are Alan Bennett's four hugely admired, triumphantly reviewed and bestselling stories, brought together in one book for the first time.

Like everything Bennett does, these stories are playful, witty and painfully observant of ordinary people's foibles. They all have brilliant twists, are immensely entertaining and highly moral. And all are modern classics.

The Laying on of Hands

The painfully observant account of a memorial service for a masseur to the famous.

The Clothes They Stood Up In

The comic tale of an elderly couple's trials after their flat is stripped completely bare.

Father! Father! Burning Bright

The savage satire on the family of a dying man who rules over them from his hospital bed.

The Lady in the Van

The true story of the eccentric old woman who is invited to live in a homeowner's front garden. She stays there, in her van, for fifteen years. The home is Alan Bennett's. It became a West End hit and a major film, starring Maggie Smith.

Publication date: 07/09/2006

£8.99

ISBN: 9781861978196

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Fiction

Four Stories (Ebook)

Alan Bennett

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A new hardback edition of Alan Bennett's four triumphantly reviewed and bestselling stories to celebrate his eightieth birthday

Like everything Bennett does, these stories are playful, witty and painfully observant of ordinary people's foibles. They all have brilliant twists, are immensely entertaining and highly moral. And all are modern classics.

The Laying on of Hands

The painfully observant account of a memorial service for a masseur to the famous.

The Clothes They Stood Up In

The comic tale of an elderly couple's trials after their flat is stripped completely bare.

Father! Father! Burning Bright

The savage satire on the family of a dying man who rules over them from his hospital bed.

The Lady in the Van

The true story of the eccentric old woman who is invited to live in a homeowner's front garden. She stays there, in her van, for fifteen years. The home is Alan Bennett's. It became a West End hit, starring Maggie Smith.

Publication date: 03/12/2015

£6.99

ISBN: 9781847653871

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Fiction

Reviews for Four Stories

'Bennett's exquisite observations of the snobbish and the camp, the old, the sad and the lonely are recounted with great tenderness and poignancy.'

 Daily Express

'Bennett approaches his characters with an agitated compassion, a baleful sympathy that adds to their troubles. Some 10 years ago, a newspaper referred to Bennett as "the nation's teddy bear". Note the gleam, always fresh, in his beady eye.'

 Spectator

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of King George Ill (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George) and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The History Boys won Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier awards, as well as the South Bank Award. On Broadway, The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics' Award for Best Play, a New York Drama League Award and six Tonys including Best Play. The film of The History Boys was released in 2006. Alan Bennett's collection of prose, Untold Stories, won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for Autobiography, 2006. His 2009 play, The Habit of Art, received glowing reviews and was broadcast live the following year by National Theatre Live. In 2012 People premiered at the National Theatre to widespread critical acclaim. The film of The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith was released in 2015, sending Bennett's memoir of the same name to the top of the bestseller list for nine weeks.

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