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Sunday 15th September 2019

A Life Like Other People's (Hardcover)

7th September 2009

Alan Bennett’s poignant memoir recounts the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held secret.

A Life Like

First published in the acclaimed collection Untold Stories, this tender, intimate family portrait beautifully captures the minutiae of the Bennetts’ domestic life: their disappointments and pleasures, tragedies and successes, and underlying it all, their suspicion that they were somehow different to and lesser than other people.

With warmth, candour and sadness, Bennett writes of his parents’ slow shuffle towards old age. From their understated early morning wedding, to his mother’s mental illness and their unceasing concern and support for each other, A Life Like Other People’s is at once heart-rending and life-affirming, engaging, intelligent and funny. It is Alan Bennett at his best: a work of art that confirms his status as one of Britain’s greatest writers.

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