Alan Bennett’s play is set in the old-style local hospital of a small northern town. As staff struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the hospital faces closure in an NHS efficiency drive, a documentary film crew arrives to record its fight for survival. With an introduction by Bennett.
The Lady in the Van
The Complete Edition
In 1974, Miss Shepherd parked her van in Alan Bennett’s front garden; and there she stayed until her death in 1989. Yet Miss Shepherd lives on as ‘the lady in the van’ in Bennett’s play and the film starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. Illustrated with colour photographs and David Gentleman’s sketches, this book contains the film script, along with a foreword by the director Nicholas Hytner, a new introduction by Bennett, and his original ‘Memoir’, first published in 1989.
Writing Home and Untold Stories Box Set
This handsome set comprises Writing Home (1994), Bennett’s bestselling first collection of prose writings, including his diaries for 1980-1995 and The Lady in the Van; together with Untold Stories (2005), a second collection featuring poignant family memoirs and the author's diaries for 1996 to 2004. Slip-cased.