Whether you’re a fan of Alan Bennett’s work or you’re relatively new to his idiosyncratic world, these diaries covering one of the most turbulent decades in recent memory are essential listening in order to understand his writing and his influences. Adapted from his popular memoirs and read by Bennett himself, Diaries 1980-1990 provide a fascinating insight into his life and career as a writer and actor.
Whilst he describes his professional dealings in much detail from disagreements with critics to the troubles of working in various exotic locations around the world, his experiences are set against the backdrop of the 1980s. From the Falklands War to the miners’ strike, Bennett discusses how these events affected him and his work for the BBC as well as for the theatre.
Bennett was and still is renowned as a prolific diarist, and for those who are familiar with his work this is an absorbing glimpse into the man behind some of the most widely acclaimed plays of recent years. Available as a CD audiobook or as an MP3 download, Diaries 1980-1990 is essential listening for anyone who has enjoyed his work and wishes to better understand the man behind the writing.