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Publisher's Summary

A new Radio 4 adaptation of one of Alan Bennett's most well-loved works. 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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By PETER on 04-05-11

Hillarious

This is a gem. The language is brilliant with the true British understated comedy. Maggie Smith is excellent but Adrian Scarborough steals the show with his superb caricature

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By Chris Voigt on 06-01-17

Laughter through the tears

What did you love best about The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)?

I loved how Maggie Smith's voice can contain such poignancy and humor at the very same time.

What did you like best about this story?

I found myself admiring its humanity and its sensitive approach to the subject of aging.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a section in the last "act" of this play for voices that's flooring in its beauty and pacing, as Margaret, for the very first time, opens up and talks about her difficult relationship with music.

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By Hilda on 01-20-10

Memorable

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.

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By Margaret Irene Corner on 04-29-17

The Lady in the Van - by Alan Bennett

I was totally engrossed in this book. The storyline was both, very humorous and at times, quite sad, when it became apparent that the lady was not having an easy life.
Maggie Smith was wonderful as the lady in
another brilliant story from Alan Bennett.
I just did not want the story to end.

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