Untold Stories

Untold Stories

Alan Bennett / Feb 26, 2020

Untold Stories Untold Stories Part A Common Assault contains two reminiscences from Bennett s life and an essay on the class system read by Bennett himself A Common Assault describes an incident in Italy when he

  • Title: Untold Stories
  • Author: Alan Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780571228300
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Untold Stories, Part 4 A Common Assault contains two reminiscences from Bennett s life and an essay on the class system, read by Bennett himself A Common Assault describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian The History Boys harks back once to Bennetts time at school, and shows howUntold Stories, Part 4 A Common Assault contains two reminiscences from Bennett s life and an essay on the class system, read by Bennett himself A Common Assault describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian The History Boys harks back once to Bennetts time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly acclaimed stage play The History Boys Arise, Sir, finishes on a light hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode.

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      • Alan Bennett

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name 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.


    1. I feel a great affection for Alan Bennett, at least the one he offers up in these periodic collections of ephemera. He seems the kind of mildly eccentric, vaguely comic figure you might find lurking around the periphery in a novel by Trollope. (Though I wouldn't find him there myself - I can't bear Trollope, his obsession with the minutiae of life in small cathedral towns drives me mad.) He spends much of his time puttering around London on his faithful bicycle; making daily observations in his [...]

    2. Untold Stories by Alan Bennett is something of a pot pourri. It starts with an autobiographical exploration of social and family origins, and then moves on to include occasional pieces on travel, architecture and art, copious diaries from 1996 to 2004, reflections on previous and current work and essays on contemporaries, educational experience and culture. The fact that it all hangs together beautifully is a result of its author’s consummate skills, both linguistic and perceptive.Untold Stori [...]

    3. This book won't do anything to tarnish Alan Bennett's reputation as one of Britain's best writers, but it is only this reputation that allows him and his publisher to get away with such a lazy offering.Bennett thought he was dying of cancer, and this was his way of rounding up his best unpublished work. However, at the time of writing this review Alan Bennett is very much alive, so the reason for rushing this book to press in this format no longer applies. You've got time now Alan. Go back and d [...]

    4. Second volume of semi-autobiography, augmented with excerpts of diaries from the last 10 years and background to varoius plays and TV programmes. Lots about his mother's depression and his puberty - the intimacy of revelations perhaps reflecting that he had cancer when he wrote it and maybe thought he wouldn't live to see it published. Also, he's not afraid to show himself in a bad light - eg when he was sometimes unsympathetic to the plight of his parents and other family members. Some desperat [...]

    5. Thank you, thank you, thank you Alan Bennet for including this anecdote in your memoir: 2 February: A letter from a reader comparing her experiences of evacuation with mine. She was sent to Grantham and says that Alderman Roberts, Margaret Thatcher's father, was thought to be in the black market and that Maggie used to hang out of her bedroom window and spit on the other children." page 305-306.And that is exactly what she did to the country. I remember as a child chanting "Thatcher, Thatcher, m [...]

    6. Currently almost half-way through and, to be honest, it's a toss-up as to whether or not I'll get much further. Friends who I write letters to always say that my letters are like Alan Bennett and, having only seen the "Talking Heads" monologues and other Alan Bennett pieces on TV and having read the "Talking Heads" scripts, I've always taken this as a compliment. Having now read the appalling "Smut" and now some of this compilation, I'm not so sure! What a bl**dy joyless b*stard!Apologies for th [...]

    7. This anthology includes diaries, essays and musings on events and personalities. I am more interested in the initial sections, Untold Stories and Written On The Body, which contain surprisingly poignant descriptions of his family life. I tend to forget that non-fiction writing can be as moving and feel as authentic as a good novel.He flung open the door on Bedlam, a scene of unimagined wretchedness. What hit you first was the noise. The hospitals I had been in previously were calm and unhurried; [...]

    8. It’s a very easy read. Humane and sentimental at times, yet providing utter pleasure. Alan Bennett has written this autobiographical book when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, so naturally its full of reflection on the past.I loved the description of his shy working class parents and his father’s sartorial preferences: "He had two suits: “my suit” and “my other suit” being the one he wore every day, “my other suit” his was best." I also enjoyed rather sarcastic if not candid [...]

    9. The same stork that brought "The Banquet Years" delivered this as well - what a delight! I waxed enthusiastic about Bennett's "Writing Home" just a few months ago - look forward to more. Part of Bennett's appeal is that of the secondary talents of any generation, augmented, I don't doubt, by the fact that this is best I can hope for as well.Moving to the completed list - as for the secondary talent remark, the more I read by and about Alan Bennett, the more I regard it as my own failing that I w [...]

    10. Bennett's life is always fascinating for me. This is a book I can dip in and out of as an occasional treat. When he writes about his family, there is so much to identify with as so much of their behaviour (e.g not pushing themselves forward) and their experiences are so typically British.

    11. a lovely read, one that you can't help but do in Bennett's broad Yorkshire accent. The stories about his parents are very moving as is his bowel cancer. Some of the articles in the middle need some knowledge about just who these painters and writers are, but nonetheless are still great to read.

    12. With his usual mixture of pathos and humour Alan Bennett returned with a follow-up to the hugely successful 'Writing Home'. This new book included more diary extracts, writings on the theatre, art, close friends and a touching memoir of his parents. Without doubt, the best book of 2005.

    13. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't know much about Alan Bennet before but found his story very interesting and beautifully written. Some of the detail on art was a bit dry but I skipped those bits.An uplifting experience, loads of bits to read out and remember.

    14. This volume is a hodge-podge of diary entries, scripts, essays and reviews. While the writing is of consistently high quality, few will find all of it interesting. The art crit, for example, did little for me.The highlight was the opening extended essay; a vivid, affecting description of his family and early life. I also grew up as a member of the “respectable” working class, and I can instantly recognize the attitudes of his parents, especially his mother’s aversion to anything “common [...]

    15. Great big door stop of a book, containing various bits and bobs that Bennett has written over the years. There are diary entries, eulogies as well as some pages about the theatre and his work within it. Best of all are the two pieces that top and tail the book; An Average Rock Bun, which covers the period when he was diagnosed with cancer and Untold Stories where he delves into his family history. Witty and moving in equal measure.

    16. I enjoyed the first chapter very much with the story of Bennett family and upbringing. The remaining chapters were mixed. The bits on art left me cold. The final chapter on his illness was interesting. Disappointingly not as amusing as his monologues or plays.

    17. This collection of short-ish stories once again proves why I love Alan Bennett so much. His observations are just so spot on and his wonderful witty writing style is just so captivating ! Loved '' The clothes they stood up in'' and '' The Laying of Hands'' best !

    18. I listened to it instead of reading. Bit depressing, but when the topic is mental health, lonliness and death I guess that's to be expected. It had moments of humor and he's a good story teller.

    19. A lot of this book was worth five stars, but there was a few chapters on art that I wasn't massively interested in. However, this man is a genius and his words are a pleasure to read.

    20. Not very interesting for me ultimately, although I can see why some would find value here. Different generation.

    21. All I really knew of Alan Bennett before embarking upon this veritable brick of a collection, with its dour cover was that he's quite highly thought of (though by whom, I would have found rather hard to say), he's from Yorkshire (Yoooorkshire! Yooooorkshire!) and he writes stuff (though again, quite what I would have found rather hard to say). Fair enough, I knew he did some Talking Heads stuff (not the band), though I'd never seen any of it. And it did turn out that I'd seen the film of "The Ma [...]

    22. A hodgepodge of a book. Much of it is quite interesting, particularly the long first narrative concerning Bennett's family. The diary excerpts are less interesting, perhaps because they are shot through with references only some of which are meaningful to an American reader. And the pieces on art and architecture I confessed to have skipped. However the last several essays, make up for the rest, particularly the last one on his experience as a cancer patient.

    23. I was shocked. I must be naive, but I did not realise that people wrote diaries simply in order to publish them, but that is what AB seems to do. Every year, apparently. Casting my mind back I do not think I have ever read anyone’s published diaries before. I don’t think that I would have bought this book if I had known that there were diaries in it, because diaries to me are personal, and reading them feels like snooping, even though the writer of the diaries has published them. I don't lik [...]

    24. I wasn’t really aware of Alan Bennett until the 1980’s, I think, when I started to watch the ‘Talking Heads’ monologues and once they stopped, he sort of dropped off my radar until recently when people started raving about ‘Beyond the Fringe’ for a week or two. Because of this, I didn’t really know what to expect when borrowing this book. It starts off with tales of his boyhood in Leeds, and various members of his family – it is probably the mark of his ability that he recalls a [...]

    25. Nigel Slater described "Untold Stories" as being his "book of the decade". I thought that was overdoing it a bit but, now that I've read it, I'm inclined to agree. Witty, poignant, ascerbic, informative - I could go on - this book has the lot. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's even written in Northern. Albeit Yorkshire Northern, but Northern nonetheless.One of my favourite passages:"At one period Dad's thoughts turn to something larger that the violin, and he invests in a double bass, thi [...]

    26. I have read (most of) this book so that you don't have to, and offer this review in the same spirit of public service. Dull, demoralising and depressing. This was hardly what I expected to be saying about one of the founding members of “Beyond the Fringe” - the others being Peter Cook, Dudly Moore and Jonathan Miller (youtube/results?search). Nor of the author of plays and films such as “The Madness of King George III” and “The History Boys”.But that's the result of this mass emptyin [...]

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