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I haven't quite worked out the time scale. Didn't she get through Proust exceptionally quickly? Not to mention Henry James, one day at dinner. Surely that wasn't The Portrait of a Lady?
I wonder what books the queen really does read. I once read that she likes PD James but that might not mean anything - or it might mean that she likes the Dame's hats, or something.
I thought the section where Beckett and Nabokov are kept from her for quite a while was rather funny but also not entirely believable - I mean, can the queen really be as sexually naive as all that? Wasn't her mother meant to have been... you know... a bit of a goer, in her time? Isn't the story about Mrs Simpson that she knew all sorts of... err... tricks... that captivated the king?
One of my few criticisms is that it was so obviously based on the current royal family. Whilst I liked reading the parts about Prince Philip I thought it was a bit too easy. I suppose with such a short book it wouldn't have been possible to invent a whole new royal family and maybe people would much rather read about the one they know.
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"Untold Stories" is Alan Bennett's first collection of prose since "Writing Home" and takes in all his major writings over the last ten years. The title piece is a poignant family memoir with an account of the marriage of his parents, the lives and deaths of his aunts and the uncovering of a long-held family secret. Also included are his much celebrated diaries for the years 1996 to 2004, as well as essays, reviews, lectures and reminiscences ranging from childhood trips to the local cinema and a tour around Leeds Art Gallery to reflections on writing, honours and his Westminster Abbey eulogy for Thora Hird. At times heartrending and at others extremely funny, "Untold Stories" is a matchless and unforgettable anthology.