The Clothes They Stood Up In

  • by Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by Alan Bennett
  • 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"Welcome to the wonderful world of Alan Bennett, deliciously enriched by the voice of the master himself." (The Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

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The sharp tongue of Bennett is delightful

If you could sum up The Clothes They Stood Up In in three words, what would they be?

Witty. Acerbic. Understated.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wouldn't change anything. Bennett is a master of social observation, particularly of the common man. I adore his ability to expose the darker personality flaws of the general middle class. Very satisfying.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the beginning where the couple first discover their plight. The dialogue is so clever. Tiny nuances evolve with such terse snaps. I can think of a few older men with outlooks like Mr Ransome, and many long suffering wives like Mre Ransome.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. Makes you feel sorry for older generations who were supposed to grin and bear any sort of banal existence


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- Sarah

Totally Refreshing

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and surprising. I listened to it as I walked on my treadmill. Made the time pass quickly:-) The way Bennett read it through made all the characters shine.
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- Zeinab

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2007
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited