The Lady in the Van, Paperback Book
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Alan Bennett is the author of Writing Home, The Madness of George III, Talking Heads, The Clothes They Stood Up In and much else besides.

Miss Shepherd lived in a Robin Reliant opposite Bennett's house in Camden Town.

After a series of attacks on her van, he suggested she move, with her van, to his front drive.

Initially reluctant, she agreed - and Bennett landed himself a tenancy that went on for fifteen years.

The Lady in the Van is probably Alan Bennett's best-known work of non-fiction, and follows his other little blockbuster The Clothes They Stood Up In.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781861971227

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This is a very short book (actually a piece that appeared in the London Review of Books in 1989). Pleasant to read, but hardly up there with the literary works of this author. It sketches a decent portrayal of the author as a quintessentially English person with their awe for "true" excentrics and fear of direct confrontation, and should be interesting to those people who, after having read his other books, want to get a further peek at the personal life of the author.

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