Alan Bennett





Alan Bennett

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born
in Leeds, Yorkshire, The United Kingdom
May 09, 1934

gender
male


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Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award-winning playwright. Bennett's first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor. Bennett's lugubrious yet expressive voice (which still bears a slight Leeds accent) and the sharp humour and evident humanity of his writing have made his readings of his own work (especially his autobiographical writing) very popular. His readings of the Winnie the Pooh stories are also widely enjoyed.


Average rating: 3.84 · 24,061 ratings · 4,008 reviews · 127 distinct works · Similar authors
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Smut
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 1,563 ratings — published 2011 — 17 editions
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The Clothes They Stood Up In
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 1,108 ratings — published 1998 — 20 editions
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Talking Heads
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 634 ratings — published 1988 — 13 editions
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Untold Stories
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 720 ratings — published 2001 — 16 editions
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The Clothes They Stood Up I...
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 585 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Writing Home
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 522 ratings — published 1994 — 17 editions
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The Lady In The Van
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 495 ratings — published 1999 — 15 editions
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 314 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”
Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

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