Keeping On Keeping On Audible –

I seem to have banged on this year ratherthan 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 diariesto , reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre The Habit of Art, People, Hymn andCocktail 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 BennettAlan Bennett was born and brought up in Leeds He read history at Oxford and collaborated with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore in the revue Beyond the Fringe in the West End and on Broadway Bennetts first stage play, Forty Years On, played forthan a year in the West End Subsequent plays included Getting Onand the farce Habeas CorpusHis television plays include An Englishman Abroadstarring Alan Bates and Carol Browne and A Question of Attributionwhich examined the treachery of art historian Sir Anthony Blunt Alan Bennetts other best known works include his adaptation of The Wind in the Willowsfor the National Theatre, The Madness of George III , also for the National and subsequently an Oscar winning film and, for BBC TV, two series of the monologues Talking Heads His collection of diary entries, essays and reviews, Writing Home, was Book of the Year inAlan Bennett has made many recordings for the BBC, including The Lady in the Van about the eccentric Miss Shepherd, who lived in a van in his garden, and which he adapted for the stage inand for the cinema in saw the publication of his first major collection of writing since Writing Home Untold Stories brought together the very best of his writing, as well as his much celebrated diaries from In , following a sell out tour, Bennetts play The History Boys returned to the National Theatre for an extended run Set in a boys grammar school in Sheffield, it garnered many awards and went on to tour New Zealand and Australia and open in New York inIt received six Tony Awards, and was adapted for the cinema that same year Among Alan Bennettsrecent work are the stage plays The Habit of Art, Peopleand Cocktail Sticksand the novella Smut