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  • A very British story

    I think it is a very moving story about very British traits - eccentricity and kindness and stoicism.

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  • The Lady in the Van

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Allan Bennett paints a vivid picture of Miss Shephard, and I am so glad I read this before seeing the film. He writes with sympathy, humour and humility, and I read it in a "oner". Recommend this for an easy, enjoyable read.

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  • The Lady in the Van

    Marvelous reading, a strange tale of a life not quite lived to the full but lived none the less, by a character larger than life. A strange tale full of laughs but deeply sad at the same time. Mx

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  • The LADY in the VAN

    Mrs Sheppard a force of nature invades Mr Bennett's quiet life. It is interesting to see how they coexist and what they bring to each other's existence.

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  • Great read.. just..

    I enjoyed this book, it's a superb account of an extremely odd arrangement. Bennett prose is fluid and descriptive, there is a touch of typical British humour too but not enough to turn it into a comedy. In fact it is a rather depressing read of the latter years of life of an old homeless woman. She refuses to accept that she is at the bottom of the social pyramid and her health us fading rapidly. It is sad considering this exactly how the majority of homeless people pass away... lonely, very sick and surrounded by filth.

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