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Alan Bennett – Talking Heads | Review

Title: Talking Heads

Author: Alan Bennett

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 272

Rating: 3.5/5

I was pretty excited when I spotted this going cheap in a charity shop because I’ve read and enjoyed quite a few Alan Bennett books and this is one of his most well-known. I also know that it’s a huge influence on fellow writer and BookTuber Charlie Heathcote, and indeed his Our Doris series is also a series of monologues.

But dare I say it? I think Charlie’s book is better. It certainly made me laugh more, and while the two obviously have a lot in common, I think Charlie leaned more towards writing a good book while Bennett leaned towards writing a good monologue for TV/radio. It’s a subtle distinction, but it just meant that for me, I felt as though I was missing something.

I think that this book is probably better suited to people who are already Talking Heads fans. That’s kind of what it feels like, a sort of spin-off from a TV show. It reminds me of the A Bit of Fry and Laurie book, which was basically just the scripts from the show. It was okay, but seeing them actually performed was better.

I am still glad I read this though, and Bennett as always raises some interesting points and discussion subjects. It just wasn’t quite on the same level as The Lady in the Van, The Uncommon Reader and some of his others. I felt like that about The History Boys too, so maybe it’s just a case of the books sometimes being overtaken by their hype.

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Charles Bukowski – The Most Beautiful Woman in Town | Review

Title: The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 234

Rating: 4*/5


Charles Bukowski - The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

Charles Bukowski – The Most Beautiful Woman in Town


A lot of the stories in this collection were already familiar to me through Bukowski’s other collections, because this is pretty much a collection of different stories from different places that are all pulled into one under the general theme of the women that he met throughout his life. And of course, because it’s Bukowski, it’s offensive as shit if you don’t want to read about alcoholism, bigotry, all sorts of weird sex stuff and just the darker side of humanity as a whole.

Still, it’s a pretty good introduction to his work, and it was enjoyable enough to read. It didn’t stand out though, either for being bad or for being good. And honestly, if you’re going to check out his prose rather than his poetry then you’re probably better off going for one of his novels instead of for one of his short story collections. There are also some recent releases that bring together his work on subjects like love, cats and writing, which also work pretty well as a introduction.

I’m glad I read this and I did enjoy it, but I’m thirty odd books in now and pretty much just finishing off the final few Bukowski books that I haven’t read. S0 yeah.


Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski


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