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Alan and Kenneth



Alan Bennett

While researching my media merch post, I landed on the London Review of Books Youtube channel and binged on Alan Bennett reading his famous diaries.

Absolute bliss.

His diaries from 2017 and 2018 are really interesting as he covers Trump, Brexit and other then-current affairs that are even currenter now. But interlaced with the political morsels are anecdotes about his plays, staycations and luvvie friendships. 2020’s written diaries are here, if you prefer the written word.

I know I must be one of the few who have never read or listened to Bennett’s diaries before, but they remind me of the equally excellent Kenneth Williams diaries* that are always worth dipping into…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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