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- DescriptionFrom Alan Bennett, the author of The Madness of King George, come two stories about the strange nature of possessions...or the lack of them. In the nationally bestselling vel The Clothes They Stood Up In, the staid Ransomes return from the opera to find their Regent's Park flat stripped bare--right down to the toilet-paper roll. Free of all their earthly belongings, the couple faces a perplexing question: Who are they without the things they've spent a lifetime accumulating? Suddenly a world of unlimited, frightening possibility opens up before them. In The Lady in the Van, which The Village Voice called one of the finest bursts of comic writing the twentieth century has produced, Bennett recounts the strange life of Miss Shepherd, a London eccentric who parked her van (overstuffed with decades' worth of old clothes, oozing batteries, and kitchen utensils still in their original packaging) in the author's driveway for more than fifteen years. A mesmerizing portrait of an outsider with an acquisitive taste and an indomitable spirit, this biographical essay is drawn with equal parts fascination and compassion.
- Author BiographyAlan Bennett is the author of the number-one British bestseller <b>Writing Home</b>. He is a renowned playwright and essayist, whose screenplay for <i>The Madness of King George </i>was nominated for an Academy Award.
- Author(s)Alan Bennett
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Weight177 g
- Width131 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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