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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bennett Narrator: Alan Bennett Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. After Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories, Part 2: The Diaries and Part 3: Written on the Body (all available from BBC Audiobooks), Part 4: A Common Assault contains two more reminiscences from Bennett's life and an essay on the class system.

A Common Assault describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian. The History Boys harks back once more to Bennett's time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly-acclaimed stage play The History Boys. Arise, Sir..., finishes on a light-hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode.

Alan Bennett's 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, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George) and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The History Boys won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the South Bank Award and six Tony Awards. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lara | 2/19/2014

    " I love Alan Bennett and every letter he's put to print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lazarus P Badpenny Esq | 2/17/2014

    " With his usual mixture of pathos and humour Alan Bennett returned with a follow-up to the hugely successful 'Writing Home'. This new book included more diary extracts, writings on the theatre, art, close friends and a touching memoir of his parents. Without doubt, the best book of 2005. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggi | 2/15/2014

    " A compilation of essays, autobiography, memoir, reviews.. I love his writing, and I loved the stories of his youth. Some of the diaries went on a bit, but well worth it overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fiona | 2/11/2014

    " Bennett's life is always fascinating for me. This is a book I can dip in and out of as an occasional treat. When he writes about his family, there is so much to identity with as so much of their behaviour (e.g., not pushing themselves forward) and their experiences are so typically British. "

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