THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND WATERSTONES BEST BOOK OF 2022
‘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.
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 * 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 *
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