The third volume of diaries, following Writng Home and Untold Stories, covers the years 2005 to 2015, a very productive period for Bennett. As well as two hit films, there were four plays at the National Theatre, not to mention a West End transfer or two.
The diaries themselves cover almost the first 400 pages of this hefty 700-page volume, and never fail to interest or amuse. Bennett’s witty and wry observations on his work, life and the world in general are always worthy of attention.
The remainder of the book contains a number of shorter pieces – forewords, eulogies, etc – the best of these being an impassioned essay on the continuing closure of public libraries, a subject which is obviously close to Bennett’s heart.
The book ends with two unpublished scripts, one for a play the other a screenplay, which are interesting from a completeness point of view, although not especially compelling reading.
Overall, this is an excellent read which I really enjoyed – it’s long, but its format means it’s easy to dip in and out of as the mood takes you or as time permits.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
If you enjoyed the two preceding volumes, or are just interested generally in Bennett and his work, then I thoroughly recommend having a look at this book – you won’t regret it.
One thing you’ve learned
Alan Bennett just gets better with age.