The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader

By (author) Alan Bennett


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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.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • 03 Jul 2008
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 1846681332
  • 9781846681332
  • 3,865

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Alan Bennett's many stage and television plays and his prose collection, Writing Home, have made him one of Britain's best-loved authors. He has a huge international reputation for his plays and films which include: Habeus Corpus, Kafka's Dick, Private Function, The Madness of George III and many others a? often multi-prize winning. But it is his fiction (The Clothes They Stood Up In

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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 The Guardian

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