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Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from "Untold Stories", his major collection of new writings. "Untold Stories", Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling "Writing Home", brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. Following on from "Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories" and "Part 2: The Diaries" (also available from BBC Audiobooks), "Part 3: Written on the Body" is both a reflection on Alan Bennett's childhood and schooldays and a meditation on writing. "Written on the Body" is a sideways look at Bennett's schooldays at Leeds Modern School, and a recollection of the growing pains of puberty. "Seeing Stars" is a nostalgic view of the movies of the Forties, seen by Bennett and his family in any one of the half a dozen cinemas in their district in Leeds, including the Western, the Clifton, the Picturedrome and the Lyric. Finally, "Staring Out of the Window" lets us into Bennett's creative process, which apparently consists of a good deal of...well...staring out of the window. Alan Bennett's television series "Talking Heads" has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including "Forty Years On", "The Lady in the Van", "The Madness of George III" (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay "The Madness of King George") and an adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows". "The History Boys" won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the South Bank Award and six Tony Awards.
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Alan Bennett was first on stage with the Oxford Theatre Group in 1959. He collaborated on the revue Beyond the Fringe, which opened in Edinburgh in 1960 and then to the West End and Broadway. His collection of diary entries, essays and reviews, "Writing Home" (1994), was a bestseller. His other works include "The Wind in the Willows" for the National Theatre, "The Madness of George III, " and "Talking Heads."
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