A A Life Like Other People's

Author: Alan Bennett

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571254926

Category: Humor

Page: 256

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Alan Bennett's A Life Like Other People's is a poignant family memoir offering a portrait of his parents' marriage and recalling his Leeds childhood, Christmases with Grandma Peel, and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties Kathleen and Myra. Bennett's powerful account of his mother's descent into depression and later dementia comes hand in hand with the uncovering of a long-held tragic secret. A heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.

My Education

Author: John Quinn

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography

Page: 398

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The interviews featured in this book are edited versions of much-acclaimed radio interviews which were broadcast under the title 'My Education' on RTE Radio between 1991 and 1996. There is much to savour here - not least the variety of contributors. Poets and philosophers mingle with captains of industry, civil servants rub shoulders with comedians, artists jostle with politicians. Their contributions are not overtly (in many cases not at all) about schooling, which is too often confused with education. For many of the contributors, the words of George Bernard Shaw are singularly apt - My education was interrupted by my schooling... For 'education' in this book, read the chance encounter with a mentor, the journey undertaken, the 'failure' in one particular job, the books read, the encouragement of a parent, the sheer chance of being born in a particular time and place. Examples abound to inform, provoke and challenge anyone interested in the influences - formal and informal - that contribute to an individual's education. Contributors include John Hume, Seamus Heaney, Peter Ustinov, Garrett Fitzgerald, Brendan Kennelly, Maureen Potter and John McGahern.

Mutual Interests

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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The Wife Who Got a Life

Author: Tracy Bloom

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0008434298

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4754

‘Feisty and fabulous. Love it. Love Tracy Bloom!’ Milly Johnson ‘Pure Joy!’ Katie Fforde ‘Love this – just the pick me up I needed!’ Jo Thomas 'Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.' Debbie Johnson ‘It's laugh out loud!’ Adele Parks