Writing Home brings together Bennett’s diaries from 1980-1995 with reminiscences and reviews from his work over that time. At the heart of the book is The Lady in the Van, the true account of Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless tramp who took up residence in Bennett's garden and stayed for fifteen years.
From his now-legendary address at Russell Harty's memorial service to recollections of growing up in Leeds, Writing Home gives us a unique and unforgettable portrait of one of England's leading playwrights.
Untold Stories is the astonishing sequel to Writing Home and features significant unpublished work, including a poignant memoir of Bennett’s family and of growing up in Leeds, together with his much-celebrated diary for the years 1996–2004.
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