House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

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House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

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Later, arriving at the vaccination centre for his first jab, Bennett firmly announces that he is here “for the virus” (in his defence, he points out that both of them are “v words”).

I hope they're not the thin end of a precautionary wedge lest Her Majesty end up swathed in protective get-up such as is worn at the average crime scene. It’s a short read, but probably no shorter than any of his previous diaries over a 12 month period, in Writing Home, Untold Stories and Keeping On Keeping On, especially when he was under ‘house arrest’. I very much identified with his recollection of the loss of his conversational powers whilst trying to book a routine appointment after lockdown and having to hand the phone over to his partner, Rupert, who that bit younger and having kept up his conversational skills working from home on zoom, completed the task.His 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 , A Question of Attribution , The Madness of King George Ill (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George ) and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows . Disappointed overall compared to much of the author's other work, which I have generally enjoyed - 4/10.

A lyrical afterword describes the journey home to Yorkshire from King's Cross station via fish and chips on Quebec Street, past childhood landmarks of Leeds, through Coniston Cold, over the infant River Aire, and on. Illustration: Barry Falls/The Observer View image in fullscreen ‘His writing remains as deft and seamless as ever’ … Alan Bennett. The news that the cast and crew of the new Talking Heads series have agreed to take only a nominal fee and donate the profits to the NHS gives him a rare rush of pleasure in a world dominated by the bleak economics of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. The director pops round later that day to discuss details, which he is obliged to semaphore from the other side of the street.Bought today and have no idea when this was published but it feels just like sitting with Alan Bennett for a chat. Contemplating the current regime of hand-washing and elbow-bumping pitches him straight back to the 1940s when the unfortunate family next door succumb to TB. In Ritual, pioneering scientist Dimitris Xygalatas leads an enlightening tour through one of the most shadowy realms of human behaviour.

Okay obviously it’s Allan Bennet so knew what was coming ,however I thought it would be far longer in content than it was .

Caustic and swinging between nostalgia and criticism of the present political system, it's only let down marginally by the surprisingly boring 'driving through Leeds' coda.

The History Boys won Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier awards, as well as the South Bank Award. Christmas is just around the corner, but DON’T PANIC: we’re here to provide you with the ultimate festive gifting inspiration, and remind you that books are certainly the easiest presents to wrap…! Bennett is such a master of the mundane I actually would have relished reading about what he did in that first lockdown when the world shrank for everyone. Our national treasure at work during the pandemic – sharing his everyday thoughts, alongside his increasing physical infirmities, in his own inimitable way.Bennett’s House Arrest, covering the Lockdown and Vaccination years, is little more than an Epilogue at a mere 49 pages – a bit longer than a Talking Heads monologue. While Mr Bennett is never less than readable, this very slight volume is the length of a magazine article and really nothing more than an erudite version of anyone's lockdown experience. His 2009 play, The Habit of Art , received glowing reviews and was broadcast live the following year by National Theatre Live. He makes his ideas and success sound like mere chance, or perhaps through being with the right people at them right time. Young Alan was strictly forbidden from setting foot in this den of contagion until, lured by Mrs Sherwood’s cloud-like yorkshire pudding, he decides to risk it: “It was as if I’d signed my own death warrant.

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