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Mrs Mountbatten Turns Over a New Leaf

A Writer’s Review of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader.

“Goes to the very heart of what literature does.”

ALAN Bennett has made a career out of writing about ordinary people, in fact he seems embroiled in a competition with himself to ‘out-ordinary’ his cast of characters who fade into the wallpaper, noticing the dust and fingerprints on the skirting board as they disappear.

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Reading about two ladies

At my Sunday book club this afternoon we had nearly a full house, nine of us altogether and we were reading two contrasting novellas by the same author. 387 more words


Review: The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

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. 282 more words

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Genre

This category was a little difficult for me, so it’s only a Top 5. As always, this meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish… 344 more words


The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

It is rare to come across a book that has a premise that is unlike anything you have ever read. That’s what happened with this novel. 252 more words


What I'm Reading Wednesday

What Are You Reading Wednesday is hosted by It’s A Reading Thing!

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions: 276 more words


The Uncommon Reader: An Adorable Opsimath

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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