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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

"I've enjoyed this far more than any other fiction I've read in the last 10 years. If you can believe the real-life main character in this witty and erudite novella would actually take that crucial first step, then everything else holds up magnificently."

Alan H.

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Author Alan Bennett
Publisher Picador
Publication Date 2008-09-30
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Alan H.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780312427641

From one of England's most celebrated writers, the author of the award-winning The History Boys, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading

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