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Laying on of Hands, The

Laying on of Hands, The

Author: Alan Bennett
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A satire on a society memorial service for a rather special masseur.
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In-store promotion: 20 copy counterpack. Consumer promotion: Recently read on BBC Radio 4. Trade information: Signed copies available. Track Record: Over 50,000 copies sold of the hardback; The Clothes They Stood Up In sales now top 150,000 copies. (Temporary)
As memorial services go these days it had been billed as "a celebration", the marrying of the valedictory with the festive convenient on several grounds. For a start it made grief less obligatory, which was useful as the person to be celebrated had been dead some time and tears would have been something of an acting job. To call it a celebration also allowed the congregation to dress down up not down. Clive Dunlop was a masseur of exceptional talents. His "services" were much in demand amongst the great and the good and after his untimely death at the age of 34 they - the film stars and politicians, the writers and publishers, the TV pundits and celebrity chefs - are gathered for his memorial service. The conduct of the service is a great worry for the priest taking the service but it proves to be a test for the congregation. This is Alan Bennett at his absolute best with an exceptional satire. It is a perfect work of fiction but it will give readers the extra frisson of pleasure of identifying many of the characters, including even the masseur. A small masterpiece.
Author description
Alan Bennett is the author of The Madness of George III, Talking Heads, Telling Tales, The Clothes They Stood Up In and many plays. He is Britain's best-known playwright. His book Writing Home sold over 200,000 copies in hardback.
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General Fields

  • : 9781861974266
  • : profbk
  • : profbk
  • : September 2002
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alan Bennett
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 823.914
  • : 120