The Uncommon Reader

Author(s): Alan Bennett

Fiction


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

Shortlisted for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2008 and Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2008.

'A masterpiece of comic brevity' Observer '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 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

General Fields

  • : 9781846681332
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : July 2008
  • : 178mm X 111mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2017
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
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