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Forgiving Alan Bennett

His entertaining diaries are almost spoiled by his tireless complaining

By DJ Taylor   January 2017

Keeping On Keeping On, by Alan Bennett (Faber/Profile, £25) 

It’s a mark of Alan Bennett’s centrality to the literary scene that he manages to turn up in the consciousness of the averagely bookish person at the rate of two or three times a week. And so, in the five days it took me to read this lavish miscellany I found myself inundated, surrounded and in the end positively menaced by references to him in other books and art-forms. There he was in a battered anthology from the…

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