In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...
©2001 Alan Bennett; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
It's many days since I listened to this dramatization and I still can't get it out of my head. It haunts you because it's so real and because the lady in the van is such denial. There are lovely pieces like when he says she has a lot of success when she stands her ground with officials and it's because they can't stand the smell so do whatever will get her out of there fast. I am using my new credits on more Alan Bennett dramatizations. They are excellent. I love that you can hear the audios as there are some books I would have bought had this not been possible, and then been disappointed with the reader.
This is a gem. The language is brilliant with the true British understated comedy. Maggie Smith is excellent but Adrian Scarborough steals the show with his superb caricature
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