By Alan Bennett
“[Bennett] does what in simple terms the simplest writers can do—make us examine ourselves in a fashion we’ve by no means performed before.” —Michael Palin
Untold Stories brings jointly a number of the best and funniest writing via one in every of England’s best-known literary figures. Alan Bennett’s first significant assortment because Writing Home comprises formerly unpublished work—including the name piece, a poignant memoir of his family members and of starting to be up in Leeds—along together with his a lot celebrated diary for the years 1996 to 2004, and diverse different unheard of essays, experiences, and comedian items. during this hugely expected compendium, the this day booklet membership writer of The outfits They Stood Up In finds an outstanding many untold secrets and techniques and tales together with his inimitable humor and wry honesty—his family’s unstated historical past, his thoughts of Peter cook dinner and Dudley Moore, and his reaction to the luck of his most modern play, The background Boys.
Since the luck of Beyond the Fringe within the Sixties, Bennett has thrilled audiences world wide with writing that's, in his phrases, “no much less severe since it is funny.” The historical past Boys opened to nice acclaim on the Royal nationwide Theatre in 2004, profitable a number of awards, and is scheduled to open in long island urban in April 2006.
Alan Bennett has been considered one of England's best dramatists because the good fortune of Beyond the Fringe within the Sixties. His tv sequence Talking Heads has turn into a modern day vintage, as have a lot of his works for the degree, together with Forty Years On, The girl within the Van, A query of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Academy Award-nominated screenplay The insanity of King George), and an version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind within the Willows. His most up-to-date play, The heritage Boys, gained a Tony award and Evening Standard and Critics Circle awards for most sensible play, the Laurence Olivier Award for most sensible new play and the South financial institution Award in England.
A Kirkus Reviews top booklet of the Year
Untold Stories brings jointly a number of the most interesting and funniest writing by way of one in all England's best-known literary figures. Alan Bennett's first significant assortment considering Writing Home includes formerly unpublished work—including the name piece, a poignant memoir of his kin and of turning out to be up in Leeds—along together with his a lot celebrated diary for the years 1996 to 2004, and various different unprecedented essays, reports, and comedian items. during this hugely expected compendium, the Today booklet membership writer of The outfits They Stood Up In finds a good many untold secrets and techniques and tales together with his inimitable humor and wry honesty—his family's unstated background, his thoughts of Peter prepare dinner and Dudley Moore, and his reaction to the good fortune of his most modern play, The background Boys.
Since the good fortune of Beyond the Fringe within the Sixties, Bennett has extremely joyful audiences around the world with writing that's, in his phrases, "no much less critical since it is funny." In Untold Stories, Bennett describes his mother's struggle with melancholy, his personal disease and being savagely mugged in Italy along with his companion, Rupert Thomas. because the Daily Telegraph declared, "This thick publication is so packed with great things they can promote it for two times the associated fee . . . 'All masterpieces are eloquent,' [Bennett] writes in a single of his art-historical items. 'Not them all are articulate.' Untold Stories is both."
"[Alan Bennett's] 1994 ebook, Writing Home, a set of diary entries, prefaces to his performs and atypical bits of literary journalism, used to be a shock most sensible vendor in Britain, and now he has it up with Untold Stories, a fair better and extra diverse seize bag. It, too, includes prefaces and diary entries, and in addition e-book stories and introductions, what seem to be a few memorial-service tributes, a few lectures and essays approximately paintings (a specific ardour of Bennett's) and 3 superb, humorous and deeply affecting memoirs: approximately his kinfolk, approximately getting crushed up in Italy and approximately his very shut name with colon melanoma in 1997."—Charles McGrath, The long island occasions publication Review
"Bennett has taken the vulgarity—not to mince words—out of confessional writing by means of his humor, compassion (for those that deserve it), and self-deprecation . . . the quietly penetrating decency of this huge publication is a real balm."—Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe
"Alan Bennett is surely probably the most well known writers of famous literary benefit in England . . . he's, briefly, a countrywide treasure, and the recognition of his occasional writings . . . is either a symptom and affirmation of that prestige . . . many times during this booklet he demonstrates that just about something that occurs to somebody will be attention-grabbing, relocating and enjoyable in case you write approximately it good enough."—David inn, The New York evaluate of Books
"It's tempting to determine Untold Stories as a comedy during which the hero, after a lot hassle, reveals lasting love and—fingers crossed—health. yet that may underplay the sheer (which isn't really continually to assert natural) excitement of such a lot of entries. no matter if he is sharing a few of his favourite work with schoolchildren . . . or taking us via his pupil rooms (and goals) at Oxford, Alan Bennett is probably not 'a joiner' yet he's brilliantly engaged—and engaging.”—Kerry Fried, Newsday
"[This assortment] is instructed with such honesty that it truly is heartbreaking and deeply relocating . . . Bennett's adventure is a reminder that the folks we take care of, even though they might by no means have made a lot of a stir on the earth, have nevertheless—for us—a worth past fee . . . This piece can be required for all health-care employees, because it is a shiny reminder of what it truly sounds like to be a sufferer and on the mercy of enormous impersonal forces together with the health-care method itself and the fates."—Keith Monroe, Winston-Salem magazine publication Review
"I have by no means learn a booklet of this size the place i've got grew to become the final web page with such remorse. it really is clever, knowledgeable, attractive, humane, self-aware, cantankerous and irresistibly humorous. you will have it to move on for ever."—John Carey, The Sunday Times (London)
"A nice success and a publication of lasting price . . . this is often paintings of no suggest order, even though subtly hid . . . it really is packed with humour, with no pomposity or self-dramatisation. Bennett has continuously been unsleeping, like Thoreau, that almost all humans lead lives of quiet desperation, yet he additionally sees that they're humorous, and he has a matchless expertise for making them interesting."—Jane Stevenson, The Observer (London)
"Extraordinary . . . Bennett writes: 'I have by no means stumbled on it effortless to belong.' After Untold Stories, i've got no hesitation in asserting he belongs to we all. And we are all grateful."—Cal McCrystal, The Independent