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  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

The eponymous bibliophile in this warm and humorous novella is none other than HM the Queen. One day while walking her corgis she stumbles upon a mobile library in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace ... Read full review

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User Review  - steller0707 - LibraryThing

A very British book, with a little skewering of not only the Queen, who becomes an avid reader, but her whole retinue of advisors and servants, who definitely do not (and don't like that she is ... 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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