Where to start: Kingsley Amis and Alan Bennett
February 28, 2013 7:31 PM Subscribe
I was reading this week's NYRB when I came across this: “The talent for these sorts of small-bore social observations is peculiarly English—it kept Kingsley Amis in business for years, and still makes Alan Bennett’s diaries feel like required reading. Maybe it’s the bad weather. (All those hours trapped indoors, watching one another.) Or maybe it’s the literary side effect of a middle-class culture in which people are expected to be painfully self-conscious, clammy in their own skin, and alert to their own folly and deceptions, lest they be spotted first by others. Whatever the reason, the English really are just better at this sort of thing than anyone on the planet."
What books would you recommend to someone who has never read anything by these authors? (I'm not really interested in poetry.)
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