In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...
©2001 Alan Bennett; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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It's many days since I listened to this dramatization and I still can't get it out of my head. It haunts you because it's so real and because the lady in the van is such denial. There are lovely pieces like when he says she has a lot of success when she stands her ground with officials and it's because they can't stand the smell so do whatever will get her out of there fast. I am using my new credits on more Alan Bennett dramatizations. They are excellent. I love that you can hear the audios as there are some books I would have bought had this not been possible, and then been disappointed with the reader.
"Brilliant and moving"
The best thing about this book is the performances and the extraordinary story which although people have known about it for a long time has only come to the fore with the film. The audio performance tells the story very clearly and is brilliantly adapted for listening. Nothing to criticise - just a brilliant and powerful story of human kindness.
"OK but not fantastic. "
Not as engaging as hoped. Not to my taste. Did not like the way the elements were divided
I really enjoyed this audio book. Alan Bennett is his usual brilliant self. The lady in question was a sad figure but Maggie Smith portrayed her wonderfully.
Alan Bennett is a master - all the characters are believable, snobby neighbours, young social worker.
"Funny and touching"
This is everything you should expect from Alan Bennett and Maggie Smith. Brilliant dialogue and flawless presentation.
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