A Life Like Other People's, Hardback Book
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Alan Bennett's "A Life Like Other People's" is a poignant family memoir offering a portrait of his parents' marriage and recalling his Leeds childhood, Christmases with Grandma Peel, and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties Kathleen and Myra.

Bennett's powerful account of his mother's descent into depression and later dementia comes hand in hand with the uncovering of a long-held tragic secret.

A heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780571248124

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I love his writing and enjoyed the first half of the book, but found the last half of the book very upsetting as what he writes about the living death of dementia patients is all too true. I hope he found it cathartic to write about his mother's last years, but it certainly didn't help me or my memories to read it.

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