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The BBC Collection - Alan Bennett

Playwright Alan Bennett is a British national treasure. His work for stage and screen includes the Olivier and Tony award-winning The History Boys, the Oscar-winning The Madness of King George and Beyond the Fringe, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

 

Alan Bennett

  • A Life Like Other People's
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.10 (9 ratings)
    Originally Released as Untold Stories, Part 1 Alan Bennett's A Life Like Other People's is the core of his collection Untold Stories. It is a poignant memoir of his parents' marriage and his own childhood, recalling Christmases with Grandma Peel and the lives, loves, and deaths of his unforgettable aunties, Kathleen and Myra. With the sudden descent of his mother into depression and, later, dementia, a long-held family secret is uncovered in this heart-rending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography.
  • Alan Bennett: Diaries 1980-1990
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.40 (41 ratings)
    Alan Bennett's gentle, wry observations of life have made him one of the country's best-loved and most famous authors. He reads extracts from his best-selling diaries which offer a fascinating insight into his life - the work on location, life in Camden and fond, poignant memories of his childhood and home life.
  • Alan Bennett: Four Stories
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.40 (236 ratings)
    Alan Bennett, master storyteller, reads four of his highly-acclaimed stories. Whether comical or quirky, Alan Bennett's poignant stories are rightly regarded as modern classics.
  • Alan Bennett: Untold Stories Part 3: Written on the Body
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.50 (31 ratings)
    Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from Untold Stories, his major collection of new writings. Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.
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  • Alan Bennett: Untold Stories Part 4: A Common Assault
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.60 (24 ratings)
    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 more to Bennett's 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.
  • Alan Bennett: Untold Stories, Part 1: Stories
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.60 (75 ratings)
    Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.
  • Alan Bennett: Untold Stories, Part 2: The Diaries
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.60 (37 ratings)
    Untold Stories, Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his best-selling Writing Home, brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last 10 years.
  • Hymn: Alan Bennett and The Medici String Quartet
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    5.00 (5 ratings)
    Alan Bennett joins forces with the acclaimed Medici String Quartet for a prestigious world premiere first performed at the Harrogate Festival in August 2001. Hymn is a series of prose pieces about Alan Bennett's early experiences of music: the hymns he learned as a boy, the violin his father never managed to teach him, and the concerts he went to in Leeds. Bennett's musical memories are produced and set to music by the celebrated film composer George Fenton.
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  • The Clothes They Stood Up In
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.60 (12 ratings)
    Here is a quirky, wry, and ironic tale about the Ransomes, who have been burgled. Everything has gone, even the toilet paper, and for the stuffy solicitor and his wife, it marks a turning point.
  • The Laying on of Hands
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.50 (10 ratings)
    Clive has died young, in Peru and in cirucumstances which make some of his many friends uneasy. The congregation gathered for his memorial service is unexpectedly distinguished; amongst the well-known faces and household names are pop stars, actors, politicians, and even members of the government.
  • The Uncommon Reader
    by Alan Bennett
    Narrated by Alan Bennett
    4.40 (266 ratings)
    Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
    When the queen chases a straying corgi through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she happens upon the City of Westminster travelling library, and begins a journey of discovery.