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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella
by Alan Bennett

Published: 2008-09-30
Paperback : 120 pages
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From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading

When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of ...

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From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading

When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.

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by CathUnit (see profile) 04/08/15

 
by Annadseal (see profile) 01/25/15

 
  "the uncommon reader"by bhale (see profile) 01/11/15

 
by LitChick (see profile) 12/22/14

 
  "Lovely compact little book. Makes you think of what reading means to you."by Olga (see profile) 03/28/09

 
  "A quick easy read with a great ending!"by cjballard (see profile) 05/31/08

This is a perfect read for the summer. Enjoyable!

 
  "Charming tale about the redemptive quality of reading"by ResedaBabe (see profile) 05/29/08

Humorous tale of the Queeen of England's awakening to the joy's of reading. Our group enjoyed the book and found that the story humanized the monarchy. Would recommend as light reading.

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