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Two Besides: A Pair of Talking Heads by Alan Bennett (signed 1st edition hardback)


Author: Alan Bennett

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This gorgeous, pocket-sized 1st edition of the two brand-new Talking Heads has been signed by the author, the great Leodensian Alan Bennett. It's signed on a bookplate. We sell out of signed books by Alan very quickly, so if you'd like one we'd advise decisive action. 

'Given the opportunity to revisit the characters from Talking Heads I've added a couple more, both of them ordinary women whom life takes by surprise. They just about end up on top and go on, but without quite knowing how. Still, they're in good company, and at least they've made it into print.' - Alan Bennett

Bennett's twelve Talking Heads are acknowledged masterworks by one of our most highly acclaimed writers. Some thirty years after the original six, Bennett has written Two Besides, a pair of monologues. Each, in its way, is a devastating portrait of grief.

In An Ordinary Woman, a mother suffers the inevitable consequences when she makes life intolerable for herself and her family by falling for her own flesh and blood; while The Shrine tells the story behind a makeshift roadside shrine, introducing us to Lorna, bearing witness in her high-vis jacket, the bereft partner of a dedicated biker with a surprising private life.

The two new Talking Heads were recorded for the BBC during the exceptional circumstances of coronavirus lockdown in the spring of 2020, directed by Nicholas Hytner and performed by Sarah Lancashire and Monica Dolan. The book contains a substantial preface by Nicholas Hytner and an introduction to each, by Alan Bennett.

Publisher: Faber & Faber 
ISBN: 9780571365852 
Number of pages: 96 
Weight: 173 g 
Dimensions: 168 x 129 x 6 mm 
Edition: Main