Books by Alan Bennett
NPR stories about Alan Bennett
The author says he knows his readers think of him as cozy and genteel. So he's decided to shake them up a bit with a new book of two short stories.
Playwright Alan Bennett offers a pair of deliciously devilish novellas about two middle-aged, middle-class British matrons — who aren't what they seem.
When Alan Bennett checks his mother into a hospital for depression, he uncovers more than a few skeletons in the family closet. The British playwright's memoir dismantles the myth of the normal family in a resentful but tender tale of hardship and enduring love.
If you've got a stack of books that you know you should read, but you never do, maybe you have something in common Queen Elizabeth II. Or at least with the queen as imagined by writer Alan Bennett in The Uncommon Reader.