A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett

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FROM ONE OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST LIVING WRITERS AND THE AUTHOR OF THE UNCOMMON READER, A FAMILY MEMOIR AND UNIQUE WORK OF ART—A LIFE LIKE OTHER IS ALAN BENNETT AT HIS BEST

In this poignant memoir of his parents’ marriage, Alan Bennett recalls the lost world of his childhood and the lives, loves, and deaths of his unforgettable aunties, Kathleen and Myra. First published in the acclaimed collection Untold Stories, this tender, intimate family portrait beautifully captures the Bennetts’ hopes, disappointments, and yearning for a life like other people’s. With the sudden descent of his mother into depression, and later dementia, Bennett uncovers a long-held family secret in this extraordinarily moving and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography.
 

About Alan Bennett

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Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in London, England.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Then there’s his parents’ own discovery, well into adulthood, of alcohol, and not just the booze but the snacks to accompany it, “cocktail snacks, bits of cheese and pineapple, sausages-on-sticks, food that nowadays would come under the generic term of nibbles.” Unfortunately for Bennett, Dad pas...

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Our family was no better or worse off than our neighbours but in all sorts of ways, that were no less weighty for being trivial, we never managed to be quite the same.” He doesn’t shy away from the effect all this had on him, in making him the person he is, but he never plays the blame game.

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The Bookbag

This book is the core work in that book, under the title Untold Stories and it has simply been reprinted along with many of the photos from the original book.

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In the course of discussing her condition with doctors and family members it was revealed—to Bennett's utter astonishment—that Mam's father had not died of a heart attack, as the family had always maintained, but instead had killed himself.

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Bookmarks Magazine

FROM ONE OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST LIVING WRITERS AND THE AUTHOR OF THE UNCOMMON READER, A FAMILY MEMOIR AND UNIQUE WORK OF ART—A LIFE LIKE OTHER IS ALAN BENNETT AT HIS BEST

In this poignant memoir of his parents’ marriage, Alan Bennett recalls the los...

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Lambda Literary

In a memoir of his parents’ marriage, playwright and author Alan Bennett, 77, paints with words scenes from a time when individuals and families had purpose and place.

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