The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennett

Synopsis (from Amazon)

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.


I think I would think much more of the queen if I knew she read widely, with all that travelling she should be able to, right?

This was a pretty simple, short, read, and entertaining you could quite easily finish it in one sitting.

I found it had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions, and it certainly makes me want to read more Alan Bennett.

If nothing else it really made me love reading. It’s really a book which champions reading, and all it’s wonderful effects.

I find it hard to write a review. Others have done a better job than me. All I can really say is you won’t regret reading it.


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Paperback (£5.75)
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Filed under Contempory, Fiction review, Humour

3 responses to “The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennett

  1. Thanks for linking to me Lucy. I will have to read this again one dat I think.


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