Alan Bennett reads his own diaries from his phenomenal bestselling memoirs, 'Writing Home' as heard on BBC Radio 4 and an abridged second part of 'Untold Stories', his major collection of new writings..
Available for the first time in one collection are these two volumes: 'Diaries 1980-1990' (previously released in 1994) and 'Untold Stories: The Diaries'.
'Diaries 1980-1990': "Diaries are like conversations...even if the conversation is with oneself." The eighties were a busy time for Alan Bennett, playwright, actor and now diarist. But this is not just a diary for theatre lovers, although his insider's ear on the arts world is well-attuned and unmissable.
Bennett's life is broader. His accounts of theatre troubles and even more troublesome and critics are combined with his memories of a writer's tour of Russia, life in New York and Camden, filming in Egypt and tales of a Yorkshire village.
He also covers the big events of the time: the Falklands War, Mrs Thatcher and the assassination of John Lennon.
Taken from Alan Bennett's bestselling book, 'Writing Home', this keenly viewed history of the decade confirms Bennett as one of life's great observers - clean-eyed, compassionate and funny.
'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing,
Two recordings feature selected diaries from 'Untold Stories' Part 1: Stories (also available from BBC Audio) contains the title piece, and Part 2: The Diaries covers Alan Bennett's much-celebrated diaries for1997-2004
Alan Bennett's diaries from 1997-20014 a an erudite collection of witty yet poignant recollections told in his own unique voice. Whether appreciating the simple pleasures of nature, or commenting on religion, politics or the arts, his observations are incisive, amusing and yet always meaningful.
NB: This recording contains strong language.
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 Wing 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 and the South Bank Award.
Alan Bennett reads two volumes of his own diaries on 4 CDs with a running time of 4 hours 35 minutes.
4 CDs, two cases and cardboard box: All excellent.