A Life Like Other People’s

This week I’m enjoying Alan Bennett’s memoir A Life Like Other People’s.

I’ve never actually read any Alan Bennett before, which is pretty shocking considering how much of a prolific writer he is.

This one is mostly about his parents, their extended family and his childhood. It’s delightful.

Blurb on the back:

A Life Like Other People’s is Alan Bennett’s poignant memoir of his parents’ marriage and his own childhood in which he recalls Christmases with Grandpa Peel and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties, Kathleen and Myra. His mother’s descent into depression and, later, dementia, results in the uncovering of long-held tragic secret. This is a heart-warming and at time irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers.

It is, of course, impossible to read this without hearing Bennett’s distinctive voice in your head, which makes it all the more pleasurable.

Where did I get this book from? I found it in our local Little Free Library!

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