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The Laying On of Hands

(2001)
Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
With his actor's ear for dialogue, his dead-on pacing, and his talent for social comedy, British playwright Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) is hardly lacking in literary gifts. The three stories in The Laying On of Hands, two of which have been filmed by the BBC, are funny in different ways. The title piece is a slow-to-ripen satire set at the Anglican funeral service of a handsome young masseur, whose clients turn out to include cabinet ministers, soap opera stars, and the presiding clergyman. The second story, "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet," describes the odd relationship a pure-minded middle-aged woman develops with her charming chiropodist (podiatrist). And the final story, "Father! Father! Burning Bright," follows a mousy schoolteacher named Midgley through the self-searching and nurse-hunting days preceding his father's death in Intensive Care. The range and subtle coloration of Bennett's humor will appeal, especially, to readers of Robertson Davies and Muriel Spark. --Regina Marler



Three stories in one volume from one of Britain's most admired authors and playwrights. The Laying On Of Hands is Bennett at his inimitable best in this funny, and mischievous satire about a society memorial service for a rather special masseur who has died at a tragically young age in Peru.

In "Father! Father! Burning Bright" Bennett writes with tragicomic insight about a son's vigil at his father's deathbed where their lifelong battle continues to the end. With his pared down and deceptively simple prose style Bennett unflinchingly describes the random thoughts and haphazard conversations of the family members waiting in the hospital as they face life and death.

In "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet" a podiatrist shows a lonely, unmarried department store clerk that there's more to life than looking after her brother. Part of the award winning and critically acclaimed Talking Heads series, "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet" was described in the New York Times as both "touching" and "hilarious."

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Hardback Editions

June 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Laying On of Hands: Stories
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-312-29051-9 / 978-0-312-29051-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Laying On Of Hands
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 1-86197-374-8 / 978-1-86197-374-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Profile Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Laying On of Hands: Stories
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-312-42225-3 / 978-0-312-42225-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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September 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Laying On Of Hands
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 1-86197-426-4 / 978-1-86197-426-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Profile Books
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Audio Editions

February 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Laying on of Hands
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
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February 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Laying on of Hands
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
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February 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Laying on of Hands
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
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September 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Laying on of Hands (BBC Radio Collection)
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-563-53640-3 / 978-0-563-53640-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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September 2001 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Laying On Of Hands (BBC Radio Collection)
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-563-53641-1 / 978-0-563-53641-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Physical Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Laying On Of Hands
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: Profile Books
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May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Laying On of Hands: Stories
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: Picador
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