House Arrest (Hardback)

Pandemic Diaries

Alan Bennett

Reflections on Covid and confinement from the unparalleled pen of Alan Bennett

'Sparklingly sardonic ... There really is no one like Bennett' Independent

'Filled with elegiac memories and literary gossip ... a major National Treasure' Lynn Barber

4 March. HMQ pictured in the paper at an investiture wearing gloves, presumably as a precaution against Coronavirus. But not just gloves; these are almost gauntlets. I hope they're not the thin end of a precautionary wedge lest Her Majesty end up swathed in protective get-up such as is worn at the average crime scene.

20 March. With Rupert now working from home my life is much easier, as I get regular cups of tea and a lovely hot lunch.

A year in and out of lockdown as experienced by Alan Bennett.

The diary takes us from the filming of Talking Heads to thoughts on Boris Johnson, from his father's short-lived craze for family fishing trips, to stair lifts, junk shops of old, having a haircut, and encounters on the local park bench. A lyrical afterword describes the journey home to Yorkshire from King's Cross station via fish and chips on Quebec Street, past childhood landmarks of Leeds, through Coniston Cold, over the infant River Aire, and on.

Publication date: 05/05/2022

£6.99

ISBN: 9781800811928

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Humour & Gift, Reference

House Arrest (Ebook)

Pandemic Diaries

Alan Bennett

Reflections on Covid and confinement from the unparalleled pen of Alan Bennett

'Sparklingly sardonic ... There really is no one like Bennett' Independent

'Filled with elegiac memories and literary gossip ... a major National Treasure' Lynn Barber

4 March. HMQ pictured in the paper at an investiture wearing gloves, presumably as a precaution against Coronavirus. But not just gloves; these are almost gauntlets. I hope they're not the thin end of a precautionary wedge lest Her Majesty end up swathed in protective get-up such as is worn at the average crime scene.

20 March. With Rupert now working from home my life is much easier, as I get regular cups of tea and a lovely hot lunch.

A year in and out of lockdown as experienced by Alan Bennett.

The diary takes us from the filming of Talking Heads to thoughts on Boris Johnson, from his father's short-lived craze for family fishing trips, to stair lifts, junk shops of old, having a haircut, and encounters on the local park bench. A lyrical afterword describes the journey home to Yorkshire from King's Cross station via fish and chips on Quebec Street, past childhood landmarks of Leeds, through Coniston Cold, over the infant River Aire, and on.

Publication date: 05/05/2022

£5.99

ISBN: 9781800811935

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09KDN9P3F

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Arts, Language & Literature, Humour & Gift, Reference

Reviews for House Arrest

'Sparklingly sardonic ... There really is no one like Bennett, as this small gem demonstrates'

Martin Chilton Independent

'Filled with elegiac memories and literary gossip ... a major National Treasure'

Lynn Barber Telegraph

'Mournful and witty ... Bennett at his best'

Roger Lewis Daily Mail

'His stories improve with each telling ... Perhaps it is Bennett's long experience as a dramatist that lends his prose such perfect timing'

Craig Brown Mail on Sunday

'Our greatest living writer'

Clive Davis The Times

'He still has the sharpest pen in Britain ... Bennett is at his best when flirting with indecency ... mesmerising and unbearably sad'

 Daily Telegraph

'There is no other writer, certainly none from any other era or nation, quite like Alan Bennett'

David Sexton Evening Standard

'Cleverer and funnier than any one person has a right to be'

John Carey Sunday Times

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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