The Uncommon Reader (Paperback)
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The Uncommon Reader (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages
Published: 25/03/2021
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Waterstones Says

The perfect wry, playful tale to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Alan Bennett’s beloved novella of the monarch’s burgeoning love of mobile libraries is a thoughtful, gently subversive fable from an iconic writer at the peak of his powers.

What would happen if the Queen became a reader of taste and discernment rather than of Dick Francis? The answer is a perfect story.

The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely ( JR Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people like the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with much that she has to do. In short, her reading is subversive. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788168069
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 101 g
Dimensions: 172 x 108 x 10 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'For all its hilarity The Uncommon Reader has a heartfelt tone. It offers a lament on old age, some thoughts on reticence and a backward glance at a life wasted.' - Sunday Times

'An exquisitely produced jewel of a book.' - The Times

'Pure gold ... you would be hard put to find a defter satire on British philistinism ... the dialogue is priceless.' - Mail on Sunday

'Light, fresh, witty and warm.' - Daily Telegraph

'Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader would make a perfect stocking filler for just about anyone.' - Monica Ali, Guardian

'Testament to Bennett's extraordinary skill - genius even' - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

'Wonderfully subversive' - Independent

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“The Uncommon Reader”

It must be a funny old business being the Queen, you can't even take the corgis for a walk to the local bookshop without finding yourself popping up there in fictional form. In this latest literary outing for the... More

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“An absolute delight”

Rarely does a book induce me to say, 'an absolute delight', but this one did.

A sumptuously appointed narrative revolves around the Queen's abruptly acquired, all consuming passion for reading, and the... More

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“The Uncommon Reader”

This is a highly entertaining and witty read about what happens when one discovers the joy of reading. It follows the Queen as she discovers a mobile library that visits Buckingham Palace and out of politeness she... More

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