LRB and Alan Bennett’s Greening of Mrs Donaldson

London Review of Books for 9 Sept 2010 has interesting short story by Alan Bennett about a middle aged widower who, after becoming a landlady to medical students, becomes a demonstration patient. The doctor in charge of the medical students exhibits many of the unfortunate characteristics that greater exposure to the patient’s POV is designed to prevent. What happens when the medical students are unable to pay the rent, somewhat reverses the roles for Mrs Donaldson. The dialogue and characterisation are crisp with a delicate touch of the risque

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