Literature

Following a Literary Trail

From time to time I come across one of Alan Bennett’s diaries, either in book form or published as a serial in the London Review of Books. They are good reading. Bennett’s writing is concise and witty, he has an artist’s eye for detail and a dramatist’s ear for dialogue. The diaries seem at first glance to be mere reportage of everyday events, but they are invariably interesting and amusing, and his observations about literature, art, politics, the theatre, and even sport, are acute. One of the other things I like about the diaries is that every now and again…

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