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Keeping On Keeping On
By (author): Alan Bennett
9781781256497 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures Nov 22, 2016
$42.95 CAD
Inactive 6.3 x 9.4 x 2.4 in 672 pages Faber & Faber Short Books
'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked 'no threat' and did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.'

Alan Bennett's third collection of prose Keeping On Keeping On follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. This latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks), a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

There's a provocative sermon on private education given before the University at King's College Chapel, Cambridge, and 'Baffled at a Bookcase' offers a passionate defence of the public library. The book includes Denmark Hill, a darkly comic radio play set in suburban south London, as well as Bennett's reflections on a quarter of a century's collaboration with Nicholas Hytner. This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.

Alan Bennett has been a leading dramatist since Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His works for stage and screen include Talking Heads, Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III, an adaptation of the Wind in the Willows, The Historical Boys, The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks

His previous collections of prose are Writing Home and Untold Stories (PEN/Ackerley Prize, 2006). Recent fiction includes The Unconmmon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.

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