The Lady in the Van
An eccentric old lady and her van are told to move on by the council, but a kind homeowner invites her to live in his garden. In this bizarre tale, the homeowner is Alan Bennett and the woman stays for 15 years. As heard on BBC Radio 4, this edition also includes the short story, "Uncle Clarence".
The Clothes They Stood Up In
The Ransomes have been burgled, robbed, cleaned out. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper. But, for the stuffy solicitor and his downtrodden wife, it marks a kind of liberation where nothing will ever be quite the same.
The Laying On of Hands
A darkly humorous story for our times in which the fragile state of celebrity encounters a universal leveller.
Father! Father! Burning Bright
Midgley determines not to let his dying father down and mounts a vigil by his bedside.
Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.
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Alan Bennett's superb short stories offer amusing and thought-provoking listening. As a writer, he is a master of English prose. As a reader, once you adjust to his English Midlands accent and high-pitched voice, he is an excellent interpreter of his own work. The four stories included here provide an excellent introduction to his writing or a wonderful way to complete your collection. As always he creates more memorable moments in a story than most novelists do in books ten times the length.
Incredible twists in each plot that left me in awe of his writing and coupled with his laconic reading, this is one of Audible's treasures.
I carefully considered using up a credit for this recording as I had not heard of it before, because as a huge fan of Mr Bennett's writing I wondered why I hadn't, maybe it wasn't as good as his other works. IT IS !!
I've already listened to this recording about half a dozen times in the month since buying it and enjoyed it everytime. It's high on my list of favourites at the moment.
I love the detail in Mr Bennett's writings, both stated and implied; so often much is said with very few words. Truths are revealed or even betrayed by what is said or unsaid with such subtlety and finesse to describe the human condition; there is always something we can relate to even if we would rather not.
If I had to choose a particular passage it would be the post script to "The Lady in the Van", after Miss Shepherd has died. His dealing with the van and its contents, what he discovers about his late friend.
A very interesting question. I don't think I would want to take any character out to dinner unless it was Mr Bennett himself, then one would have all of his characters at the table.
Beautifully crafted writing, charmingly read. Will leave you with some sadness of heart but also joy.
I JUST LOVE THIS AUDIO ,I think Alan Bennett stories are suberb ,I love The Lady and the Van ,He brings to life all the scenes and personalities .....and I have relistened to them each time enjoying his stories.It is also a good length ,I try to use my credits to get a good length book and even though this is shorter than a normal novel,it is so good its worth using up a credit on.
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