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Faber & Faber 1988 0571147526 / 9780571147526 Paperback Very Good 
Prick up Your Ears (Screenplay) 
Price: 550.00 JPY
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Profile Books(GB) 2011 1846685257 / 9781846685255 1st Edition Hardcover As New 
A crisp clean first edition, no markings throughout: 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 he r 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 appea rances, what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately much more ho nest to people's predilections. "The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donal dson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhoo d 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 l odgers (a young, broke couple) passions that she never knew existed are aro used, and her mundane life becomes much more stimulating... Editorial Reviews Review "'Beautiful and filthy' - Simon Hattenstone, Guardian" 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. 
Price: 800.00 JPY
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Random House 2001 0375503064 / 9780375503061 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A crisp clean first edition (as stated)not an ex-lib, no markings throughou t: When life is pared down to the bare essentials, one can grow spirituallyAor shrink into one's basic instincts. Though profound statements as such are not to be found in British playwright Bennett's charmingly subversive and very amusing cautionary tale, his characters illustrate the principle in surprising ways. Mr. and Mrs. Ransome return to their London flat after a performance of Cos? fan tutte (Mozart's comic opera about changing identities) to find the place totally stripped. Even the casserole left warming in the oven is gone, along with the oven, all other appliances and every stitch of clothing. Mr. Ransome, a stodgy, misanthropic solicitor who is fussy about correct diction, is mainly concerned about the loss of his CD player and the earphones with which he has always insulated himself from his wife. Formerly cowed and repressed, Mrs. Ransome is surprised at her pleasure in replacing their lost possessions with a few inexpensive items. The burglary liberates her personality, allowing her to inch cautiously toward new interpersonal connectionsAfirst with an Asian grocer, then with the man who, the Ransomes eventually discover, has been living with their furniture and clothing in a storage facility, then with another man who holds the key to the bizarre thievery. Her social awakening occurs in counterpoint with her husband's more selfish gratifications, until a funny and fitting denouement permanently turns the tables between them. Bennett carries off his terse, surreal comedy with witty aplomb, adding to risibility with apt comments about 
Price: 600.00 JPY
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