Four Stories, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9781861978196



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I got given this for an easter present and i really enjoyed reading it as much i would have enjoyed eating a chocolate egg. All four stories are beautifuuly written in a witty insightful way i enjoyed the second one the most. Many a giggle will be had when reading this and all 4 are original and interesting, sometimes a bit cringing but always vivid and intriguing.

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Heard good things about Bennett, but this wasn't for me. Maybe I'm not a comedy book type of person as it didn't appeal and didn't seem funny. 

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