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House Arrest: Pandemic Diaries

by Alan Bennett - £6.99  Profile Books Ltd (2022)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781800811928 | ISBN 10: 1800811926

Reflections on Covid and confinement from the unparalleled pen of Alan Bennett.
 
4 March. HMQ pictured in the paper at an investiture wearing gloves, presumably as a precaution against Coronavirus. But not just gloves; these are almost gauntlets. I hope they're not the thin end of a precautionary wedge lest Her Majesty end up swathed in protective get-up such as is worn at the average crime scene.
 
20 March. With Rupert now working from home my life is much easier, as I get regular cups of tea and a lovely hot lunch.

 
A year in and out of lockdown as experienced by Alan Bennett.
 
The diary takes us from the filming of Talking Heads to thoughts on Boris Johnson, from his father's short-lived craze for family fishing trips, to stair lifts, junk shops of old, having a haircut, and encounters on the local park bench. A lyrical afterword describes the journey home to Yorkshire from King's Cross station via fish and chips on Quebec Street, past childhood landmarks of Leeds, through Coniston Cold, over the infant River Aire, and on.

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