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Untold Stories

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Naturally, the book includes a great deal about the theatre, actors and directors, but one of its more surprising aspects is the amount of writing about paintings.

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Elizabeth II appears as a character on stage in the latter play: in The Madness of George III (1992) Bennett turns to an earlier occupant of the throne for a play which deals not only with the titular monarch’s madness and the various misguided medical attempts to cure him, but also with the changing relationship between crown, parliament and the people towards the end of the eighteenth century. The process of dipping has been hugely facilitated by an index - even better, the index has been made by someone with a sense of humour - 'Llanberis pass, Wales: AB's 17-year-old thigh stroked (no trauma resulting)'.A new production of Enjoy attracted very favourable notices during its 2008 UK tour [8] and moved to the West End of London in January 2009. Occurring in Leeds where they had always lived, conduct like this might just have got by unnoticed, but the onset of the depression coincided with my parents’ retirement to a village in the Dales, a place so small and close-knit that such bizarre behaviour could not be hidden. Mr Parr doesn’t think it’s relevant either, but standing on his doorstep as we drive away he may well be thinking that this is an odd family that censors its own history and it’s that that’s relevant.

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Part 4: A Common Assault harks back to a mugging incident in Italy, a glimpse into his own schooldays that became the inspiration for The History Boys, and a light note on his thoughts on the Honours System. But his observations - the precise colour and texture of sooty walls in Leeds, for example, or the evening light - have the peculiarly hungry texture of the condemned man's final look at the sky.

It is this errand that has brought us straight from Lancaster to Settle this September night to Mr Parr’s bleak office above the police station. In the autobiographical sketches which form a large part of the book Bennett wrote openly for the first time about his bisexuality.

Untold Stories | Faber Untold Stories | Faber

Anyway,’ says Mr Parr kindly but with what the three of us know is more tact than truth, ‘depression isn’t really mental illness.Later, teaching at Magdalen, I had as a pupil an irritating, distracted boy who would arrive two hours late for tutorials or ignore them altogether, and if he did turn up with an essay it would be sixty or seventy pages long. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose, and broadcasting and many appearances as an actor. Few nights passed uninterrupted and Dad would wake to find the place beside him empty, Mam scrabbling at the lock of the outside door or standing by the bedroom window looking out at a car in the carpark that she said was watching the house.

Alan Bennett: Untold Stories - Penguin Books UK

Plans to shut local libraries were "wrong and very short-sighted", Bennett said, adding: "We're impoverishing young people. I detect a whiff of that still; he is probably wishing he’d kept his mouth shut and never mentioned the tragedy at all. Bookplate (of Cape Publicity Director Marilyn Dugdale), VG bright tight copy in publishers cloth in like dustjacket with wrap round Topping and Company Signed Edition band. Crammed with wild and distracted women, lying or lurching about in all the wanton disarray of a Hogarth print, it was a place of terrible tumult.It may be objected that madness did not come into it; that, as Mr Parr had said, this was depression and a very different thing.

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