Alan Brien (12 March 1925 – 23 May 2008) was a British journalist best known for his novel Lenin. This took the form of a fictional diary charting Lenin's life from the death of his father to shortly before his own demise in 1924.
Brien was born in Sunderland and educated at Bede Grammar School, and Jesus College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
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''I have done almost every human activity inside a taxi which does not require main drainage.''Alan Brien (b. 1925), British novelist, humorist. Punch (London, July 5, 1972).
''The country is laid out in a haphazard, sloppy fashion, offensive to the tidy, organized mind.''Alan Brien (b. 1925), British novelist, humorist. Punch (London, March 22, 1979).