Alan & Thora

  • by Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by Alan Bennett, Thora Hird
  • 1 hrs and 35 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

This splendid title showcases the combined talents of Alan Bennett, one of our foremost dramatists and writers, and Thora Hird, the celebrated and much-loved actor who died in 2003. It features an exclusive and unique recording, The Last of the Sun, that Thora made for BBC Audiobooks a couple of months before her death. A short piece written by Alan especially for Thora, The Last of the Sun is controversial and challenging, and yet it has all the pathos and tenderness that we expect of Bennett's writing. This performance, Thora's last, is very moving and memorable.Accompanying The Last of the Sun are two best-selling Talking Head monologues, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee and Waiting for the Telegram. Also featured is a specially written introduction and postscript, in which Alan recalls the experience of knowing and working with Thora. This is a fitting tribute to the talents of a pair who, in the course of their longstanding working relationship, combined drama and comedy to leave a legacy of unique work. Alan and Thora is sure to appeal to all Bennett and Hird fans.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful Alan and Thora at their best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like Alan Bennett and Loved Thora Hird this is a really nice listen.

What other book might you compare Alan & Thora to, and why?

Any other Alan Bennett book to be honest his style of writing is very inspirational

What does Alan Bennett and Thora Hird bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I've always found Thora Hird to be like a relative, a nice Auntie someone who listens, and her and Alan Bennett had an amazing collaboration, two people who worked together perfectly.
A wonderful closing chapter to Thora Hirds career and life on the stage.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No I listened in 2 sittings but I will listen again at some point

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- denise

lovely memiors of a truly loved lady.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is a large bit of recent history

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thora was a treat to hear her voice

Which character – as performed by Alan Bennett and Thora Hird – was your favourite?


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

A true insight to a cleverly impish true lady

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- Christine Hargreaves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited