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The Laying On of Hands: Stories

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Three stories in one volume from one of Britain's most admired authors and playwrights. The Laying On Of Hands is Bennett at his inimitable best in this funny, and mischievous satire about a society memorial service for a rather special masseur who has died at a tragically young age in Peru.

In "Father! Father! Burning Bright" Bennett writes with tragicomic insight about a
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Picador
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Dec 18, 2015 Mr_Norton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bennett always manages to both expose the foibles of his characters and also to make us warm to them. Is that balancing act the particular gift of the comic moralist?
In any event, I laughed out loud, recognised my own shortcomings in the vanities displayed, was moved, and ended up grateful for the writer's company.
But for an unearned coda on the very last page that seemed forced (and which of course then just wasn't funny) this was a perfect Christmas holiday read.
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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
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