ALAN BENNETT has been one of England's leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960's. His work includes the Talking Heads television series, and the stage plays Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, and The Madness of King George III, since made into a major motion picture. His play, The History Boys (also a major motion picture), won six Tony Awards, including best play, in 2006. His other books include the critically acclaimed collected writings Untold Stories and Writing Home, Smut (short stories), The Uncommon Reader (a novella), and many more.
"[Alan Bennett] is a prose stylist of disarming grace and humor." --The New York Times Book Review"Bennett's genius is for the imploding situation in which a cleverly made house of cards shudders and comes down; the comments of his characters as they nimbly pick their way around the wreckage verge on aphorism." --The New Yorker"In the hands of Alan Bennett, the tragic and painful are close bedfellows with the funny and the sexual, making for a collection of stories in which we laugh at the situations presented and then feel a twinge of guilt." --Los Angeles Times