Kate Chisholm

Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

Plus: sense prevails in the saga over Mantel’s short story, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The treatment for cancer had been gruelling, but that was 15 years ago, so…

This Radio 4 production was adapted (and produced) by Gordon House from the stage version at the National Theatre but was perfectly made for radio, a monologue interrupted by dramatic scenes that take us back into Bennett’s childhood.

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