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Complete Talking Heads (DVD): Alan Bennett, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Stephanie Cole, Julie Walters, Thora Hird, Eileen... Complete Talking Heads (DVD)
Alan Bennett, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Stephanie Cole, Julie Walters, …
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The complete collection of Alan Bennett's twelve monologues, which tell the bittersweet tales of 'ordinary, uneventful, desperate lives'. Patricia Routledge stars in 'A Lady of Letters', Maggie Smith in 'Bed Among the Lentils', Stephanie Cole in 'Soldiering On', Julie Walters in 'Her Big Chance', Thora Hird in 'A Cream Cracker Under the Settee', Patricia Routledge in 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet', Eileen Atkins in 'The Hand of God', David Haig in 'Playing Sandwiches', Julie Walters in 'The Outside Dog', Penelope Wilton in 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' and Thora Hird in 'Waiting for the Telegram'.

Allelujah! (Hardcover, Main): Alan Bennett Allelujah! (Hardcover, Main)
Alan Bennett
R360 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R67 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

- What were you in life? - In life, as you put it, I was a schoolmaster. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. As Dr Valentine and Sister Gilchrist attend to the patients, a documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile, the old people's choir, in readiness for next week's concert, is in full swing, augmented by the arrival of Mrs Maudsley, aka Pudsey Nightingale. Alan Bennett's Allelujah! opened at the Bridge Theatre, London, in July 2018. With an introduction by Alan Bennett.

Julie Walters and Friends (DVD): Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale Julie Walters and Friends (DVD)
Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale; Contributions by …
R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Christmas special of the classic British television sketch show, starring Julie Walters and Victoria Wood, with contributions from writers Alan Bennett, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale.

Keeping on Keeping on (Paperback): Alan Bennett Keeping on Keeping on (Paperback)
Alan Bennett
R667 R608 Discovery Miles 6 080 Save R59 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The History Boys - With GCSE and A Level study guide (Paperback, Education Edition): Alan Bennett The History Boys - With GCSE and A Level study guide (Paperback, Education Edition)
Alan Bennett; Contributions by Andrew Bruff 1
R278 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of The History Boys with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff's guide include: - detailed analyses of character, theme and structure; - a clear introduction to the context of the play and its author; - key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom. An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool. In Alan Bennett's award-winning and hugely popular play, staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it, about education and its purpose.

The Lady in the Van - A BBC Radio 4 adaptation (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Alan Bennett The Lady in the Van - A BBC Radio 4 adaptation (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Alan Bennett; Read by Alan Bennett, Full Cast, Maggie Smith
R359 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R126 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Maggie Smith stars in this BBC radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed autobiographical stage play An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden - where she stays for the next fifteen years. This is the fascinating story of the genteel vagrant who found a unique place in Alan Bennett's life and writing. But the drama is as much about the author himself as Miss Shepherd. Why did Alan Bennett let her commandeer his driveway? Was he acting out of kindness, weakness, or hidden guilt over not spending enough time with his own mother? Did he always subconsciously plan to exploit Miss Shepherd for literary profit? Thought-provoking and moving, The Lady in the Van tackles profound questions about social responsibility, homelessness and mental illness with a lightness of touch characteristic of Bennett the master storyteller. With a full cast including Adrian Scarborough, Marcia Warren and Alan Bennett, this bitter-sweet comic tale stars Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd. Now a major BBC feature film, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

Keeping On Keeping On (Paperback): Alan Bennett Keeping On Keeping On (Paperback)
Alan Bennett 1
R299 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R58 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than 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 diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail 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. This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.

Keeping on Keeping on (Hardcover, Limited edition): Alan Bennett Keeping on Keeping on (Hardcover, Limited edition)
Alan Bennett
R5,519 Discovery Miles 55 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Shielding of Mrs Forbes (Paperback): Alan Bennett The Shielding of Mrs Forbes (Paperback)
Alan Bennett 1
R97 R87 Discovery Miles 870 Save R10 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Thinking Betty was in the bath Graham was watching a late-night programme on Channel 4 called Footballers with Their Shirts Off when she unexpectedly came in on the trail of the hairdryer.

"I didn't know you were interested in football," said Betty.'

No one must ever find out that Graham is 'not the marrying sort'. Certainly not his wife, or his mother. As sex, blackmail and fanatical tidiness take over the West Yorkshire parish of Alwoodley, an unlikely caper unfolds.

The Lady in the Van (Paperback): Alan Bennett The Lady in the Van (Paperback)
Alan Bennett 1
R192 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R40 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken down van into Alan Bennett's garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years. This account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books. The play premiered in 1999, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Dame Maggie Smith, who reprise their roles in this new film adaptation. Shot on location at Bennett's house, Alex Jennings plays the author, alongside household names including Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper.

Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin - An Anthology by Alan Bennett (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin - An Anthology by Alan Bennett (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 1
R267 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R21 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions. In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Ranging from hidden treasures to famous poems, this is a collection for the beginner and the expert alike. Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice. Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs.

Allelujah! (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett Allelujah! (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 1
R274 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R50 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

- What were you in life? - In life, as you put it, I was a schoolmaster. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. As Dr Valentine and Sister Gilchrist attend to the patients, a documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile, the old people's choir, in readiness for next week's concert, is in full swing, augmented by the arrival of Mrs Maudsley, aka Pudsey Nightingale. Alan Bennett's Allelujah! opened at the Bridge Theatre, London, in July 2018. With an introduction by Alan Bennett.

Smut - Two Unseemly Stories (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett Smut - Two Unseemly Stories (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 1
R222 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R47 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother, who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. Though her own husband isn't all that satisfactory either. Still, this is Alan Bennett, so what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately more true to people's predilections. The Greening of Mrs Donaldson Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...

Alan Bennett - At The BBC (DVD): John Normington, James Cossins, Philip Locke, David Waller, Don McKillop, Patricia Routledge,... Alan Bennett - At The BBC (DVD)
John Normington, James Cossins, Philip Locke, David Waller, Don McKillop, … 1
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A selection of BBC plays and observational pieces written by celebrated playwright Alan Bennett. The collection includes: 'A Visit From Miss Prothero', 'Sunset Across the Bay', 'A Day Out', 'A Woman of No Importance', 'Our Winnie', 'An Englishman Abroad', 'Dinner at Noon', 'The Insurance Man', '102 Boulevard Haussman', 'A Question of Attribution' and 'Portrait Or Bust'.

The Uncommon Reader (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett The Uncommon Reader (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 2
R255 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R83 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Oh Norman,' said the Queen, 'the prime minister doesn't seem to have read any Hardy. Perhaps you could find him one of our old paperbacks on his way out.' Had the dogs not taken exception to the strange van parked in the royal grounds, the Queen might never have learnt of the Westminster travelling library's weekly visits to the palace. But finding herself at its steps, she goes up to apologise for all the yapping and ends up taking out a novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett, last borrowed in 1989. Duff read though it proves to be, upbringing demands she finish it and, so as not to appear rude, she withdraws another. This second, more fortunate choice of book awakens in Her Majesty a passion for reading so great that her public duties begin to suffer. And so, as she devours work by everyone from Hardy to Brookner to Proust to Samuel Beckett, her equerries conspire to bring the Queen's literary odyssey to a close. Subversive and highly enjoyable, The Uncommon Reader offers the perfect argument for reading, written by one of its great champions, Alan Bennett.

The Lady in the Van (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett The Lady in the Van (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 2
R163 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R32 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alan Bennett is the author of Writing Home, The Madness of George III, Talking Heads, The Clothes They Stood Up In and much else besides. Miss Shepherd lived in a Robin Reliant opposite Bennett's house in Camden Town. After a series of attacks on her van, he suggested she move, with her van, to his front drive. Initially reluctant, she agreed - and Bennett landed himself a tenancy that went on for fifteen years. The Lady in the Van is probably Alan Bennett's best-known work of non-fiction, and follows his other little blockbuster The Clothes They Stood Up In.

Her Big Chance (Paperback, New edition): Alan Bennett Her Big Chance (Paperback, New edition)
Alan Bennett
R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Meet Lesley, an actress. She has just completed a video ('targeted chiefly on West Germany') in which she plays Travis, a career girl who enjoys life, spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility.

Four Stories (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett Four Stories (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 2
R253 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R53 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Like everything Bennett does, these stories are playful, witty and painfully observant of ordinary people's foibles. They all have brilliant twists, are immensely entertaining and highly moral. And all are modern classics. The Laying on of Hands The painfully observant account of a memorial service for a masseur to the famous. The Clothes They Stood Up In The comic tale of an elderly couple's trials after their flat is stripped completely bare. Father! Father! Burning Bright The savage satire on the family of a dying man who rules over them from his hospital bed. The Lady in the Van The true story of the eccentric old woman who is invited to live in a homeowner's front garden. She stays there, in her van, for fifteen years. The home is Alan Bennett's. It became a West End hit and a major film, starring Maggie Smith.

Captain Roy Brown - The Definitive Biography, Including His Encounter with the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen (Paperback):... Captain Roy Brown - The Definitive Biography, Including His Encounter with the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen (Paperback)
Alan Bennett, Margaret Harmon, Denny May
R775 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R417 (54%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The decades-old question surrounding the death of the Red Baron has been embroiled in controversy. In this book, the author has uncovered new information and insights, shedding new light on the events of that day. This is a true story of young men who fought and died for their country. It puts the reader behind the stick of a Sopwith Camel from the pilot's point of view. This is the first of two volumes. Part One of this comprehensive study covers the life of Captain Arthur Roy Brown, who is well-known as an ace fighter pilot. The basic story is told in Brown's own words, via his previously unpublished letters home and the entries in his Pilot's Flying Log Book. His surviving Combat Reports are also included. The letters and the Combat Reports are unedited, and are used to tell the story within a military, historical and geographical context. They are accompanied by over 500 photographs, most of them never before published, plus diagrams and maps. Part Two of the book covers Captain Brown's encounter with Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, in detail. The story is told on the basis of recently released official documents of the time, together with recently offered letters written by some of the participants and witnesses. The new information corrects several well-established beliefs, and is able to provide the true story together with the necessary confirmation. In 1995 Alan Bennett toured the site in France where Captain Brown had attacked the Red Baron on 21 April, 1918. As an experienced pilot of similar aircraft, he had grave doubts as to the truth of some parts of the story. The eventual result was a book written in conjunction with Norman Franks: "The Red Baron's Last Flight." After plentiful information from readers, Captain Roy Brown's family and Wop May's son, plus further research in France, a considerably different picture of the entire event and of Roy Brown's life emerged. The new book, Captain Roy Brown, tells the complete definitive story. Margaret Harmon is Captain Roy Brown's daughter. She lives in Arizona, and provided most of her father's letters. Denny May is Wilfrid "Wop" May's son. He lives in Alberta and is very active in keeping his father's legacy alive. Alan Bennett finished compiling his book on Captain Roy Brown around Christmas of 2006. He was always striving for perfection to make sure his manuscript would be as complete as possible. He received correspondence from around the world to help him in this endeavour. Though not in great health towards the end, he nevertheless continued his research with passion and zeal. Alan Bennett passed away in January 2007.

Meeting the Devil - A Book of Memoir (Paperback): "London Review of Books" Meeting the Devil - A Book of Memoir (Paperback)
"London Review of Books"; Introduction by Alan Bennett
R364 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R66 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Autobiography has been an essential element of the London Review of Books since its founding in 1979. This volume collects many outstanding pieces of memoir that first appeared in the LRB's pages. Here, Lorna Sage remembers growing up with her grandfather during the Second World War, Jenny Diski imagines her own burial, and Hilary Mantel tackles a strongman on her hospital bed. Julian Barnes writes about not getting the Booker Prize. Andrew O'Hagan confesses to his past as a schoolboy bully. A. J. P. Taylor hallucinates. Alan Bennett reports on the lady who lives in his drive. Tariq Ali relates his misadventures in Pyongyang. Anne Enright describes her obsession with Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells grow in petri dishes around the world. Frank Kermode tells his wartime stories. Terry Castle recounts her complicated friendship with Susan Sontag. There are reports from poker tables and coal mines, and stories of double agents, online romance and stigmata. With a preface by Alan Bennett, Meeting the Devil displays the range of power and delight possible in the study of self-portrait.

Alan Bennett - Triple Bill (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Alan Bennett Alan Bennett - Triple Bill (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Alan Bennett; Read by Alan Bennett, Full Cast, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, …
R211 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R36 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of three BBC Radio dramas from award-winning author Alan Bennett. A Visit from Miss Prothero features Mr Dodsworth, a retiree who has all the time in the world. Then he has a visitor from his old firm - Miss Prothero, who is eager to tell him all the news... In Say Something Happened, a naive, inexperienced social worker calls on an elderly couple - but does she need more help than they do? And in Two in Torquay, a middle-aged man and a middle-aged woman engage in polite conversation in a hotel on the Cornish Riviera. But neither is quite who they appear to be. Who is deceiving whom? Amusing, ironic and affectionate, these three adaptations feature Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Routledge, Judi Dench, Thora Hird, Brian Wilde, Imelda Staunton and Alan Bennett himself. 1 CD. 1 hr 15 mins.

Single Spies (Paperback, New edition): Alan Bennett Single Spies (Paperback, New edition)
Alan Bennett
R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Wind in the Willows - Play (Paperback, New edition): Alan Bennett, Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows - Play (Paperback, New edition)
Alan Bennett, Kenneth Grahame
R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel which leads him and his friends on a whirl of trains, barges, gipsy caravans and motor cars and even into battle.

Habeas Corpus (Paperback, New edition): Alan Bennett Habeas Corpus (Paperback, New edition)
Alan Bennett
R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The antics at the Wicksteed home are a satirical merry-go-round. Family, friends and the sexual satisfaction of the "corpus" (body) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through a dance of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: "He whose lust lasts, lasts longest." "A parade of wit." - The New York Times "A marvelous freaky farce...rowdy and ribald." - NBC

Wind In The Willows - Reading (CD, Unabridged edition): Kenneth Grahame Wind In The Willows - Reading (CD, Unabridged edition)
Kenneth Grahame; Read by Alan Bennett
R450 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R144 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' When the Water Rat invites the unassuming Mole to spend his first day ever in a boat on the river, and wise Badger comes along for the ride as well, so begins a marvellous season of adventure for the three friends. Mr Toad (he of Toad Hall) completes a happy foursome, but his tendency to get into hot water leads him into some rather hair-raising scrapes of his own. From an idyllic riverside picnic to a snowy encounter in the Wild Woods, and from poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new motor car to fighting against the massed ranks of Stoats, Weasels and Ferrets in a battle for Toad Hall, there's never a dull moment when they are all together! In his own inimitable style, Alan Bennett gives voice to each and every character in Kenneth Grahame's beguiling novel. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.

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