Keeping On Keeping On

I love Alan Bennett’s writing, even when – in many of his plays – I’m not really sure what he’s getting at. His prose is elegant. His dialogue is witty. He has an eye for the odd little occurrences of daily that make me think I must be walking around with my eyes shut. The majority of this book consists of extracts from his diaries written between 2005 and 2015. And they’re a delight. Here’s just one example:

I am said in today’s Independent on Sunday to be ‘pushing eighty’ , with a photograph taken at seventy in corroboration. The article is about the decline of Northern drollery,  of which I am an example, though whether of the drollery or its decline I’m not sure.


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