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This is an auction for SMUT by Alan Bennett.

"Artfully entertaining…On one particular subject Bennett is incomparably brilliant: role-playing, which is the meat of both stories."
- Simon Schama in the Financial Times (UK)

"Tender and comic…This is Bennett’s world, where repression is never far from the sexual act….Good, old-fashioned British humour with the lightest of subversive twists."
- The Independent (UK)

Amazon.com review:

"One of England’s finest and most loved writers explores the uncomfortable and tragicomic gap between people’s public appearance and their private desires in two tender and surprising stories:

* In The Greening of Mrs Donaldson, a recently bereaved widow finds interesting ways to supplement her income by performing as a patient for medical students, and renting out her spare room. Quiet, middle-class, and middle-aged, Mrs Donaldson will soon discover that she rather enjoys role-play at the hospital, and the irregular and startling entertainment provided by her tenants.

* In The Shielding of Mrs Forbes, a disappointed middle-aged mother dotes on her only son, Graham, who believes he must shield her from the truth. As Graham’s double life becomes increasingly complicated, we realize how little he understands, not only of his own desires but also those of his mother.

"A master storyteller dissects a very English form of secrecy with two stories of the unexpected in otherwise apparently ordinary lives."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2011.

175 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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