• Alan Bennett

  • Untold Stories Part 3: Written on the Body
  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 09-13-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.7 (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from Untold Stories, his major collection of new writings.Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years. Following on from Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories and Part 2: The Diaries (also available from BBC Audiobooks), Part 3: Written on the Body is both a reflection on Alan Bennett's childhood and schooldays and a meditation on writing. Written on the Body is a sideways look at Bennett's schooldays at Leeds Modern School, and a recollection of the growing pains of puberty. Seeing Stars is a nostalgic view of the movies of the Forties, seen by Bennett and his family in any one of the half a dozen cinemas in their district in Leeds, including the Western, the Clifton, the Picturedrome, and the Lyric. Finally, Staring Out of the Window lets us into Bennett's creative process, which apparently consists of a good deal of...well...staring out of the window.Alan Bennett's television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George) and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The History Boys won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the South Bank Award and six Tony Awards.
©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd; (P)BBC Audiobooks LTD
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By Gretchen SLP on 04-05-17

Reflections on Sex, Stars, and Writing

This was a good listen, though I didn't love it as much as the first two installments. Still, I'm glad to have heard it, and have already bought volume 4. Of the three main sections in this volume, I found Bennett's reflections on growing up gay in postwar Great Britain to be the most interesting, followed by his observations on his writing process and career. His stories of interactions with old movie stars were probably least interesting to me because so many of them were celebrities before my time. Overall, I'd recommend this only to fans, Anglophiles, and listeners who liked The Lady in the Van.

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By Alison on 02-06-15

You gotta love Bennet

What did you like best about Alan Bennett? What did you like least?

Bennet's extraordinary revelations set in such ordinary surroundings make compelling listening, leaving me as always, slightly phased as he's never exactly how I expect

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By Rhiannon on 04-20-17

Hilarious and touching

What did you like most about Alan Bennett?

He's very honest about the awkwardness and naivety he felt growing up. The thing I like most about him is his obvious empathy for the human condition.

What other book might you compare Alan Bennett to, and why?

He's reminds me slightly of Jeanette Winterson, but he's incomparable really.

What about Alan Bennett’s performance did you like?

His warmth and humour, and his openness about his perceived shortcomings.

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