Ebooks For Members
Why Vote Leave

‘Confused about the EU referendum? In the dark about which way to vote? Daniel Hannan’s invaluable vade mecum will illuminate the whole question, showing why voting to leave is a leap back into the light’ Boris Johnson. ‘Powerful, intelligent, hard-hitting, well-written … absolutely required reading for every Briton who is considering voting on 23 June’ Andrew Roberts. MEP and award-winning political writer Daniel Hannan argues for a British exit ahead of the coming referendum.  Hannan demonstrates that the EU is past its sell-by date, rendered obsolete by technological advances, shrinking economically and less relevant to our economic needs than ever. Worse than that, he shows that the EU can’t reform, can’t be democratic and can’t be divorced from its goal of ever-closer political union. Staying in does not mean staying the same and a vote to leave – far from being the risky choice – is actually the safe one.  Finally, Hannan argues that Britain doesn’t have to stay in the EU to remain at the heart of Europe and considers the global role a confident nation freed from EU strictures could play.  ‘Before voting in this historic referendum you should read this brilliant book. If you’ve decided to vote…

The Lady in the Van

In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken down van into Alan Bennett’s garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years. This account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books. The play premiered in 1999, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Dame Maggie Smith, who reprise their roles in this new film adaptation. Shot on location at Bennett’s house, Alex Jennings plays the author, alongside household names including Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper.

Writing Home

Already a bestseller, this is a wonderfully entertaining collection of Alan Bennett’s prose writings. Writing Home brings together diaries, reminiscences and reviews to give us a unique and unforgettable portrait of one of England’s leading playwrights. As a memoir it covers the production of his very first play, Forty Years On, which starred John Gieldgud. His television series ‘Talking Heads’ has become a modern-day classic; as part of the 1960s revue ‘Beyond the Fringe’ Bennett helped to kick-start the English satire revolution, and has since remained one of our leading dramatists, most recently with The History Boys at the National Theatre. At the heart of the book is The Lady in The Van, since adapted into a radio play featuring Dame Maggie Smith. It is the true account of Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless tramp who took up residence in Bennett’s garden and stayed for fifteen years. This new edition also includes Bennett’s introduction to his Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Madness of King George and his more recent diaries.