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Smut: Two Unseemly Stories
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This title includes unexpected tales from the master of short fiction. "The Shielding of Mrs Forbes" - Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. And her own husband would be better if she were mourning him than living with him. But this is Alan Bennett, so no matter the importance of keeping up appearances, what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately much more honest to people's predilections. "The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers (a young, broke couple) passions that she never knew existed are aroused, and her mundane life becomes much more stimulating...
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"'Beautiful and filthy' - Simon Hattenstone, Guardian"

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Unexpected tales from the master of short fiction

About the Author

Alan Bennett is one of the UK's most celebrated figures. He is the author of Untold Stories, and numerous works of fiction including The Uncommon Reader. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre's most successful production ever.

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Beautiful and filthy -- Simon Hattenstone * Guardian * Smut offers plenty of Bennett's trademark pleasures... consistently amusing and full of witty turns of phrase -- Sarah Churchwell * Guardian * Amusingly peculiar... tender and comic... joyous anarchism... It is good, old-fashioned British humour with the lightest of subversive twists. -- Arifa Akbar * Independent * Artfully entertaining... The stories have a dark, knowing shrewdness about erotic mischief, young and old... As always the writing is tonally perfect, laced with deadpan as well as bedpan comedy. -- Simon Schama * FT * All Bennett's work seems to me a dreamy evocation of an imaginary world in which he'd like to dwell, full of jokes and queerness. These days, he seems to be getting steadily smuttier, ever more disinhibited. But more strength to his elbow, I say. -- David Sexton * Evening Standard * Marinated in subtleties. He's never as simple as he likes to appear ... That peculiarly British maladroitness - the perennial blush, wince and averted eye - and how adroitly it is grappled with, can make for great storytelling -- John Sutherland * The Times * Hilarious * The Times * In these two stories he applies his elegant literary gifts to his territory with the unabashed glee of one watching Benny Hill getting it on with Anita Brookner ... Bennett's talent for the honed quip is securely in place -- Adam Lively * Sunday Times * Unmitigated delight -- Christina Hardyment * The Times * Alan Bennett continues to surprise and delight -- John Banville * Sunday Telegraph * You can always rely on Alan Bennett to capture the intricate nuances of English Life and his latest offering is no exception * Good Housekeeping * Smut, the perfect title for this elegant little volume, is exactly what the stories are about. On a wider scale, however, they expose the hidden foibles of human nature in a way that is witty and wise but always acutely observed * The Age, Australia * Both stories are nearly structured by a master storyteller * Canberra Times, Australia * Smut is vintage Bennett, especially the voice, so unremittingly lugubrious that, by comparison, his legendary Eeyore impersonation sounds blithe -- Sue Arnold * Guardian * Unmistakably Bennett ... very funny -- A N Wilson * Reader's Digest * Touching, human and very, very funny * Sunday Times * Small but perfectly formed ... will have you chortling dirtily * The Lady * Hugely entertaining ... an absolute joy * Radio Times * Exploding with peepholes and post-coital custard creams -- Camilla Long * Sunday Times * Joe Orton under the influence of Sheridan, with a faint hint of Hylda Baker * Daily Telegraph Radio Review * He writes about completely ordinary people, middle- and working-class, from drab places. He knows them. He grew up in Leeds; his father was a butcher. Again true to his native literature, he is almost always interested in morals, and in the difficulty of being good. Finally, like so many of his countrymen, he is a master satirist ... Bennett is casting a vote for women and, most touchingly, for people who are no longer young -- Joan Acocella * New Yorker * Bennett delivers ... with great finesse -- Joan Acocella * New Yorker *

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