"Diaries are like conversation...even if the conversation is with oneself." Alan Bennett.
The eighties were a busy time for Alan Bennett. His insider's ear on the arts world - Thora Hird and Coral Browne, Denholm Elliot and Maggie Smith - is eccentric and unmissable. But Bennett's canvas also includes his mother, a writer's tour of Russia, life in New York and Camden, filming in Egypt, the Falklands War, Mrs Thatcher and Yorkshire.
Bennett's eye-view of the decade confirms him as one of life's great observers - clear-eyed, compassionate and funny.
Alan Bennett is the author of the number-one British bestseller Writing Home. He is a renowned playwright and essayist, whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award.