By Alan Bennett
“[Bennett] does what simply the easiest writers can do—make us examine ourselves in a fashion we’ve by no means performed before.” —Michael Palin
Untold Stories brings jointly a few of the best and funniest writing via certainly one of England’s best-known literary figures. Alan Bennett’s first significant assortment considering Writing Home comprises formerly unpublished work—including the name piece, a poignant memoir of his kin and of growing to be up in Leeds—along together with his a lot celebrated diary for the years 1996 to 2004, and diverse different remarkable essays, stories, and comedian items. during this hugely expected compendium, the this day publication membership writer of The outfits They Stood Up In finds a very good many untold secrets and techniques and tales along with his inimitable humor and wry honesty—his family’s unstated background, his stories of Peter prepare dinner and Dudley Moore, and his reaction to the good fortune of his latest play, The heritage Boys.
Since the luck of Beyond the Fringe within the Nineteen Sixties, Bennett has extremely joyful audiences world wide with writing that's, in his phrases, “no much less critical since it is funny.” The heritage Boys opened to nice acclaim on the Royal nationwide Theatre in 2004, profitable a number of awards, and is scheduled to open in ny urban in April 2006.
"Alan Bennett is definitely some of the most well known writers of famous literary advantage in England . . . he's, briefly, a countrywide treasure, and the recognition of his occasional writings . . . is either a symptom and affirmation of that prestige . . . repeatedly during this booklet he demonstrates that just about whatever that occurs to someone should be fascinating, relocating and enjoyable for those who write approximately it good enough."—David inn, The New York assessment of Books
"It's tempting to work out Untold Stories as a comedy during which the hero, after a lot hassle, reveals lasting love and—fingers crossed—health. yet that might underplay the sheer (which isn't constantly to claim natural) excitement of such a lot of entries. even 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