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Book review: Smut: Two Unseemly Stories 
8th-Mar-2012 02:25 pm
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Alan Bennett's Smut: Two Unseemly Stories does what it says on the tin, giving the writer's particular quirky take on sex and sexuality. The first, longer novella, "The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" is also the better of the two, concerning a landlady whose student lodgers end up paying their rent with an unlikely service. Much of the story takes place at a training hospital which led to by far my favourite gag of the book, involving a woman having her life support turned off to reduce her carbon footprint. "The Shielding of Mrs Forbes" has a bit of a clichéd central storyline involving a closeted gay man being blackmailed by a rent boy, but the jokes are as strong and the theme of people keeping sexual secrets from people who turn out to be every bit as kinky behind closed doors feels very typically Bennett.
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