Alan Bennett has been one of the UK's leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s.
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 George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. On Broadway, The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics' Award, a New York Drama League Award and six Tonys. The Habit of Art opened at the National in 2009; in 2012, People, as well as the two short plays Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, was also staged there. His collection of prose Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.
Published: November 2014
A richly enjoyable play by one of the nation's finest writers.
Published: October 2014
A wonderfully entertaining collection of Alan Bennett's writings, and the companion volume to Untold Stories.
Published: April 2012
Unexpected tales from the master of short fiction.
Published: January 2010
Alan Bennett's first play since the runaway international success of The History Boys.
Published: December 2006
Includes Alan Bennett's diary, the shooting script, over 40 photographs and an introduction by Nicholas Hytner, director of the film.
Published: November 2006
Here are Alan Bennett's four hugely admired, triumphantly reviewed and bestselling stories, brought together in one book for the first time
Published: October 2006
The astonishing sequel to Alan Bennett's classic Writing Home, updated for paperback.