This is the fourth volume of 'Untold Stories', containing 'A Common Assault', 'The History Boys' and 'Arise, Sir...'
'Untold Stories', Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling 'Writing Home', brings together the finest and funniest of his writing over the last ten years. After 'Untold Stories: Part 1: Stories', 'Part 2: The Diaries' and 'Part 3: Written on the Body' (all available from AudioGO), 'Part 4: A Common Assault' contains two more reminiscences from Bennett's life and an essay on the class system. 'A Common Assault' describes an incident in Italy when he was mugged, and found himself trying to give a statement to the police in bad Italian. 'The History Boys' harks back once more to Bennett's time at school, and shows how the raw material of experience was eventually transformed into the highly-acclaimed stage play 'The History Boys'. 'Arise, Sir...', finishes on a light-hearted note, in which Bennett muses on the Honours List in typically iconoclastic mode.Alan Bennett's 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', 'The Madness of George III' (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay 'The Madness of King George') and an adaptation of 'The Wind in the Willows'. 'The History Boys' won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the South Bank Award and six Tony Awards.
As the fourth instalment in the Untold Stories series, this audiobook contains two stories as well as an essay, all drawing on Alan Bennett’s personal experiences and told in his own unique way by the man himself. Bennett is renowned as one of the most prominent writers of his generation, and his work has been successfully adapted by the BBC for both radio and television, as well as being performed on the stage.
“A Common Assault” takes place in Italy, where Bennett is the unfortunate victim of a mugging, and must attempt to deal with the traumatic circumstances whilst in a foreign country where he does not speak the language. “The History Boys”, like much of his other work, takes the audience back to Bennett’s time at school. These experiences would later form the basis of the acclaimed play of the same name. Finally, “Arise, Sir…” is an essay conveying Bennett’s opinions on the Honours List.
For fans of Bennett, or for those who are new to his work, Untold Stories Part 4: A Common Assault represents a perfect addition to your audiobook collection, and is available along with Untold Stories Parts 1, 2 and 3 both on CD audiobook, and as an MP3 download.