by Alan Bennett

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In spite of its title and suggestive cover design (look closely at what those teacups are up to), neither novella contains a single word of profanity.  Don't worry, though; each is filled with randy characters whose stories are presented in a British, genteel manner. The first tale, "The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson," is about a newly widowed, middle-aged woman with a bossy daughter, who objects to her mother's rather unconventional ways of earning extra income -- one of which is acting as a pretend patient to medical students.  The second story, "The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes," has lots of twists and turns resulting from handsome 23-year-old Graham's efforts to shield his doting mother from the simple truth of his homosexuality.   Alan Bennet, now 76 years old, is mostly known for his plays, but he's also an actor and reads his own audiobooks.  Though his fiction is light and fun, it's poignant as well, and he has great compassion for his characters.

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