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Title
The history boys
Author
Alan Bennett
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Faber & Faber
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140501

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex,
sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with
the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with
results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.

In Alan
Bennett's classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence
provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about
education and its purpose.

The History Boys premired at the National in May 2004.

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Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van (together with the screenplay), A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys (also a screenplay) won numerous awards including Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play, an Olivier for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. On Broadway,The History Boys won five New York Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics' Award, a New York Drama League Award and six Tonys. The Habit of Art opened at the National in 2009; in 2012, People, as well as the two short plays Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, was also staged there.

His latest collection of prose, Keeping On Keeping On, was published in 2016. Of his two previous collections, Writing Home was a number one bestseller and Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Bennett's Six Poets, Hardy to Larkin, An Anthology, was published in 2014. His fiction includes The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories., ALAN BENNETT has been a leading dramatist since Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His works for stage and screen include Talking Heads, Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III, an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, The History Boys, The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks. His previous collections of prose are Writing Home and Untold Stories (PEN/Ackerley Prize, 2006). Six Poets contains Bennett's selection of English verse, accompanied by his commentary. Recent fiction includes The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories., ALAN BENNETT has been a leading dramatist since Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His works include Talking Heads, Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (and the Oscar-nominated screenplay), an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, The History Boys, The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks. Prose collections: Writing Home, Untold Stories (PEN/Ackerley Prize, 2006) and Keeping On Keeping On; and his poetry anthology, Six Poets, Hardy to Larkin. Fiction includes The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.

Brilliantly funny, with lines that we will, I
hope, be quoting for years
to come and several show-stopping vignettes.
Bennett is still naughty,
impish, endlessly ironic. But by the end
tears are as near as laughter. The History Boys is moving,
disquieting: one follows it with a heart
brimful.... This is Bennett's
first play this millennium, and it more
than repays the wait; I think
it his finest work in decades.
Financial Times

One of our most considerable as well as one of our most enjoyable playwrights.
Times Literary Supplement

What makes Bennett remarkable is a linguistic spark, an unerring sense for the right word.
Spectator

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
xxvii, 109

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