The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: London : Faber : Profile Books, 2007
Description: 124 p. : 18 cm
ISBN: 9781846680496
Branch Call Number: Benn


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Jan 19, 2021

The *Uncommon Reader* is one of my favorite books. This is my second reading of the title. Alan Bennett’s writing in this work is so skillful and tight. His use of the Queen as a subject is light and humorous. Truly an enjoyable read.

Jun 30, 2019

Just hilarious, my only complaint was that it ended! I wanted to listen to this all over again, and probably will!

LoganLib_Tahnee May 24, 2018

This is an amazingly short read that will have you in stitches.

JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

A quick novella where the Queen starts avoiding her duties as she has begun reading with a vengeance. Fun, but I think I liked Mrs Queen Takes the Train better for the humour.

Our culture is fascinated with all things Royal. This small, light read about Queen Elizabeth II becoming just as fascinated with reading is perfect for fans of the British Royals as well as bibliophiles who love books about books. The Queen begins a new habit of reading one day, and that changes everything.

Apr 20, 2017

Adorably written, light read. I flew through it and found it highly entertaining. Strongly recommend.

Mar 05, 2017

a quick light amusing read. Good when life is too serious to have a little pause for a smile.

Feb 17, 2017

Funny read, loosely based upon a fictionalized Queen Elizabeth. Quick read and a must for all readers.

Jan 09, 2017

Great story for people who love books. Turning Queen Elizabeth into a bookworm ignoring her other duties makes for a fun short book to read.

Aug 23, 2016

This quirky tale is on my top 10 favorite reads (or audiobooks.) For me it's a bonus that Bennett reads it himself as only AB can. I suppose one is either a fan or not. His humor delights me. Lighten up folks, it's Brit humor.

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