The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2007 - Fiction - 120 pages
From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In

A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. 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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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

I read this for the first time more than a decade ago. I recently picked up a copy and rereading it raised my opinion of the novella. The Queen of England becomes an avid reader late in life. The ... Read full review

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I thought this would be an entertaining light read when I picked it up at a library book sale. It was, and happily it was also a thoughtful look at how reading changes the reader. The Queen, out of ... Read full review

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Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in London, England.

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