A couple of years before turning 80, The Queen discovers the pleasure of reading. She falls in love with it so much that she begins detesting her royal duties. 598 more words
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I was struck immediately by the blurb of this quirky novella by Alan Bennett. The basic premise of this story revolves around Queen Elizabeth II (presumably, since she is never directly mentioned by name in the novel but her context and juxtaposed royal figures proclaim her to be as such) who discovers a mobile library one day while walking her famous brood of Corgis is plunged into the world of reading. 347 more words
Book available from Macmillan.
Having rubbished Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys about a year ago, when I read the play and went to see it at the theatre, I was dismayed when my lovely aunt in Canada pressed a copy of Bennett’s ‘The Uncommon Reader’ into my hands, saying how much she had enjoyed it. 573 more words
Oh, what a breezy read it had been. If you are an avid reader, often got into trouble for reading books past midnight, admonished by friends for missing outings because you could not bear the thought of leaving the book uncompleted, read so much that your mother had to hide books during exam times, had quarrels with friends for judging your favorite fictional character, started writing to accompany reading and so on, then this book is for you. 73 more words