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Life Like Other People's, A

BENNETT, ALAN

  10 Reviews

Alan Bennett's 'A Life Like Other People's' is the core of his collection 'Untold Stories'. It is a poignant memoir of his parents' marriage and his own childhood, recalling Christmases with Gramdma Peel and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties, Kathleen and Myra.

With the sudden descent of his mother into depression and, later, dementia, a long-held family secret is uncovered in this heart-rending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers. [Larger font]

Comments from Groups

A good read - all enjoyed the reflection of social history. The discussion was spirited and we had a wealth of knowledge and memories that were both evocative and sad. Definitely a book to cherish and read. Invercargill 017

A good easy read which was enjoyed by all especially by some who had experience with dementia sufferers. A rigorous discussion as to the social attitudes as they were compared with as they are today. Christchurch 116

Most of us found the writing poignant and honest. Heart rending at times and endearingly funny at others. Christchurch 111

Pages
242
Year
2009

Reviews

PICT 005
17-10-2023
We had an interesting discussion, and although some found the lives portrayed were very dull, the group agreed that Alan Bennett effectively portrays history from ordinary people's perspectives. Several members commended the book's well-ordered sequence and the quality of the writing, lifting the work above the mundane.
TAUR 015
11-10-2021
Lovely read. Gentle writing style that captures Bennett's family clearly and honestly. Spotlight on mental health issues of the time.
WELL 022
02-11-2018
The group thoroughly enjoyed this book. The discussion was spontaneous and rich. Question 9 in the notes particularly stimulated loads of anecdotes and opinions, as did the questions about the nature of mental illness in general, and depression in particular. Alan Bennett's writing style and self deprecation really appealed.
TIMAR 019
02-11-2018
Everyone was delighted with this book - we were surprised that Alan Bennett revealed so much. Wonderful turn of phrase - so perceptive.
ASHB 005
02-11-2018
Some enjoyed the book - some not. We all thought his writing was very good, with excellent descriptive passages.
TAUR 005
02-11-2018
Well worth reading. Warm and pithy. Descriptive flow of writing re family showed honesty and awareness with both love and anger expressed meaningfully. We identified with his memory and understanding of the times.
CHCH 277
02-11-2018
A well-written and thought provoking book which led to an interesting discussion, ranging from families' memories to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness then and now.
KATIK 007
02-11-2018
Enjoyed by some but most disliked the author's attitude.
CHCH 395
02-11-2018
This book prompted great discussions - a very good choice!
CHCH 155
02-11-2018
This book was enjoyed by all. Written sympathetically on his parents' lives. We could relate to hidden family secrets. The aunts were delightful.