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Nina Stibbe moved to London in 1982 to work as a nanny for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books. In the years following, she wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester, and Love, Nina is the result.

The Information on: Alan Bennett's `Enjoy'

What Is It?

First Night: Epic voyage into toilet humour

Holy Mothers Ambassadors Theatre London

Did Alan Bennett write `The Sweeney'?

ON MONDAY

Leading Article: The library campaign that misses the point

SOMETIMES THE warm, comforting conservatism of the liberal left can make the gorge rise. If Joan Bakewell, Deborah Moggach, Ben Elton, Harry Enfield and Alan Bennett are against something, it is tempting to feel that it should be defended. If they are complaining about closures and spending cuts, planning sit-ins and demanding a meeting with the Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, it must be right to close and cut. And if we are talking about branch libraries in Hampstead, whose doors have never been darkened by these celebs, then bring on the bulldozers now.

Books: A Week in Books

Dr Strange Love goes to Hollywood again

Profile: Alan Bennett: A degree of restraint

Robert Butler on the playwright who snubbed Oxford because of its dubious connections

Bennett rejects Oxford's call

THE PLAYWRIGHT Alan Bennett has turned down an honorary degree from Oxford University because it accepted what Bennett called "bad money" from Rupert Murdoch.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 19. Alan Bennett, Playwright

ALAN BENNETT mends a puncture on his bike. "I get pleasure out of being able to do simple, practical jobs - replacing a fuse, changing a wheel, jump-starting a car - because they are not generally associated with a temperament like mine," he writes. "I tend to put sexual intercourse in this category too."

Theatre: Narnia: the expensive version

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE RSC, STRATFORD

Books: Perfumes from the past

A Week in Books: Bennett crossed with Proust? It's a storm in a French teacup teacup

Theatre: Never mind the size, feel the quality

KAFKA'S DICK PICCADILLY THEATRE

First Night: Kafka's metamorphosis into a figure of fun

Kafka's Dick Piccadilly Theatre London

Television: Our lady of the bap and tea towel

James Rampton watches Victoria Wood's new comedy and asks: what's the point of sitcoms?

Children's Books: Triffic laughs with bad girls

Reading aloud for children is an art, says Christina Hardyment

theatre: joe orton

Stephen Frears's film Prick Up Your Ears - scripted by the great Alan Bennett - introduced moviegoers to the great theatrical talent of Joe Orton (below). Unlike Miss Jean Brodie, this genuinely groundbreaking comic writer, dubbed the "Oscar Wilde of the Welfare State", never saw his prime as he was murdered by his lover. Now, thanks to his sister Leonie, who has been emptying out her attic, we have the first opportunity to see how it all began. On Monday and Tuesday, there are readings of excerpts from his earliest plays - Fred and Madge and The Visitors and a novel, Between Us Girls, all of which have only just been published for the first time. Wednesday's performance also offers the chance to see Leonie (memorably played by Frances Barber in the film) in interview.
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