Alan Bennett : Diaries 1980 - 1990,
BBC Radio Collection (audio cassette)
read by Alan himself!
The 1980's were a busy time for Alan Bennett, playwright, actor and now diarist. This is not just a diary for theatre lovers, though his insider's ear on the arts world - Thora Hird and Coral Browne, Denholm Elliott and Maggie Smith - is eccentric and unmissable.
But Bennett's canvas is broader, a writers tour of Russia, life in New York and Camden, filming in Egypt, the Falklands War, Mrs Thatcher and tales of a Yorkshire village.
Bennett's eye-view of the decade confirms him as one of life's great observers, clear-eyed, compassionate and funny.
* These diaries are from Alan Bennett's book Writing Home.
Run time - Approx 2 Hours.