THE LADY IN THE VAN

THE LADY IN THE VAN

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Film tie in edition of Alan Bennett's classic memoir.

For fifteen years, the recalcitrant Miss Shepherd lived in her broken-down van on Alan Bennett's driveway in Camden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord, never under the illusion that his impulse was purely charitable.

This account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books . The play premiered in 1999, direct by Nicholas Hytner and starring Dame Maggie Smith, who reprise those roles in this new film adaptation. Shot on location at Bennett's house, Alex Jennings plays the author, alongside household names including James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper.
ISBN: 9781781255407
Branch Call Number: PB BIOGRAPHY BEN

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mclarjh
May 27, 2017

Well-told, and interesting, story.

Harriet_the_Spy Dec 06, 2016

What happens when two eccentrics cross paths. A true story that feel like a novelist's invention.

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sharonh12
Dec 07, 2015

Only a British gentleman would put up with a vagrant woman in a stinking van in his driveway. Understated yet deep portrait of human nature. Can't wait to see movie with Maggie Smith.

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charlieha
Nov 14, 2015

BBC just released movie based on this book. Maggie Smith is right on as always.

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