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The Uncommon Reader (Hardback)
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The Uncommon Reader (Hardback)

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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 06/09/2007
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'Oh Norman,' said the Queen, 'the prime minister doesn't seem to have read any Hardy. Perhaps you could find him one of our old paperbacks on his way out.' Had the dogs not taken exception to the strange van parked in the royal grounds, the Queen might never have learnt of the Westminster travelling library's weekly visits to the palace. But finding herself at its steps, she goes up to apologise for all the yapping and ends up taking out a novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett, last borrowed in 1989. Duff read though it proves to be, upbringing demands she finish it and, so as not to appear rude, she withdraws another. This second, more fortunate choice of book awakens in Her Majesty a passion for reading so great that her public duties begin to suffer. And so, as she devours work by everyone from Hardy to Brookner to Proust to Samuel Beckett, her equerries conspire to bring the Queen's literary odyssey to a close. Subversive and highly enjoyable, The Uncommon Reader offers the perfect argument for reading, written by one of its great champions, Alan Bennett.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846680496
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 175 x 134 x 14 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
An exquisitely produced jewel of a book ... [but] beneath the tasteful gilt-and-beige cover seethes a savagely Swiftian indignation against stupidity, Philistinism and arrogance in public places, and a passionate argument for the civilising power of art. -- Jane Shilling * The Times *
...a masterpiece of comic brevity. -- Robert McCrum * The Observer *

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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

Hardback edition
22nd March 2011
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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

Paperback edition
22nd February 2013
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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

Paperback edition
9th May 2011
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