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The Uncommon Reader

A Novella

by Alan Bennett


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In this deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading, the Uncommon Reader is none other than Her Majesty the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely (J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett, and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people such as 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. 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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BBC Audiobooks America
Sound Library
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Alan Bennett (Author and narrator)

Alan Bennett is an acclaimed playwright and author. His 1994 collection of diary entries, essays and reviews, Writing Home was a bestseller. His 2006 play The History Boys won six Tony Awards, an Olivier Award and other recognition. His other work...

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