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Keeping On Keeping On - Alan Bennett

Keeping On Keeping On - Alan Bennett

Title: Keeping On Keeping On

Author:  Alan Bennett

ISBN:  9781781256497

Weight:  990 g

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Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett

‘I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual.  I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference.  I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless.  I am in the pigeon-hole marked ‘no threat’ and did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.’

Alan Bennett’s third collection of prose Keeping On Keeping On follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart.  This latest collection contains Bennett’s peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre (The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks), a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

There’s a provocative sermon on private education given before the University at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, and ‘Baffled at a Bookcase’ offers a passionate defence of the public library.  The book includes Denmark Hill, a darkly comic radio play set in suburban south London, as well as Bennett’s reflections on a quarter of a century’s collaboration with Nicholas Hytner.  This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.

Peer & Press Reviews

This latest anthology of diaries and essays is a beautiful, humane and honest collection of reflections.

Rachel Reeves, author and MP

Few diarists could offer such a consistently funny and touching authorial voice as Bennett.  Long may he keep on keeping on.

Ben Lawrence, Daily Telegraph

Cleverer and funnier than any one person has a right to be… inexhaustibly fascinating; Bennett has an eager, enquiring mind and a sharp way with words that can break your ideas open.

Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Keeping On Keeping On
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 696 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of photographs (colour & monochrome).

The front matter has an additional 9 pages:

Contents [2]
Illustrations [2]
Introduction [5]

The back matter has a further 24 pages:

Epilogue [6]
Acknowledgements [3]
Index [15]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Faber & Faber and Profile Books
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781781256497
ISBN 10 1781256497
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 696 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 61mm
Packed weight 1.527kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Faber / Profile
Jacket photographs Antony Crolla
Endpapers Late eighteenth-century pattern paper

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