Search Results: "Alan Bennett"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2001

"Deft, light, observant, and very funny indeed."
English scriptwriter and story-maker Bennett (The Clothes They Stood Up In, 2001; The Madness of George III) offers three stories about the foibles of being human. Read full book review >

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THE UNCOMMON READER by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"If, as the Queen discovers, reading is 'a muscle' that she has 'seemingly developed,' this novella reads like light calisthenics rather than heavy lifting."
A royal fable celebrating the transformative properties (and a few of the unsettling consequences) of reading as an obsession. Read full book review >

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UNTOLD STORIES by Alan Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2006

"An informed mind and heart, a generous spirit—these are the human qualities that emerge on virtually every page of this splendid collection."
An eclectic, entertaining and shelf-bending collection of essays, memoirs, introductions, diaries and commentary from the noted English actor, playwright and art-lover. Read full book review >

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SMUT by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Odd and oddly charming."
Kinky hijinks rattle teacups among the British bourgeoisie in the latest from Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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The Bennett Women by Roberta R. Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"Despite its sometimes too-neat storyline, readers may find merit in this novel's exploration of the challenges of aging loved ones."
In this novel set in 2012, a harrowing health scare for a family matriarch spurs emotional crises for her Fortune 500 company CEO daughter and musically talented granddaughter. Read full book review >

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A LIFE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE’S by Alan Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Fans of Bennett know what to expect—bracingly good prose, a well-seeded laugh here and there and much food for thought."
A relentlessly self-aware memoir by Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, 2007, etc.), that most inward-searching of dramatists and autobiographers. Read full book review >

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THE CLOTHES THEY STOOD UP IN by Alan Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2001

"Short, pleasant, witty, and melancholy, though—á la Garrison Keillor—perhaps a richer treat for those who know and can hear the radio voice telling it."
A dryly amusing self-help parable—or shaggy-dog story—from English playwright (The Madness of George III) and scriptwriter Bennett, said to be "one of the most familiar voices on BBC radio." Read full book review >

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WRITING HOME by Alan Bennett
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Chatty, modest, and always entertaining. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This hefty volume of writings by one of the original Beyond the Fringe members reveals the contours and continuities in Bennett's seemingly haphazard subsequent career as a playwright and screenwriter (most recently for The Madness of King George). Read full book review >