Listen to our charming interview with Alan Bennett on the Audible.co.uk Podcast.
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What did you like best about Alan Bennett? What did you like least?
Bennet's extraordinary revelations set in such ordinary surroundings make compelling listening, leaving me as always, slightly phased as he's never exactly how I expect
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What did you like most about Alan Bennett?
He's very honest about the awkwardness and naivety he felt growing up. The thing I like most about him is his obvious empathy for the human condition.
What other book might you compare Alan Bennett to, and why?
He's reminds me slightly of Jeanette Winterson, but he's incomparable really.
What about Alan Bennett’s performance did you like?
His warmth and humour, and his openness about his perceived shortcomings.
This was a good listen, though I didn't love it as much as the first two installments. Still, I'm glad to have heard it, and have already bought volume 4. Of the three main sections in this volume, I found Bennett's reflections on growing up gay in postwar Great Britain to be the most interesting, followed by his observations on his writing process and career. His stories of interactions with old movie stars were probably least interesting to me because so many of them were celebrities before my time. Overall, I'd recommend this only to fans, Anglophiles, and listeners who liked The Lady in the Van.
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