The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader

Book - 2007
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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. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374280963
0374280967
Branch Call Number: BENNETT
Characteristics: 128 pages ; 20 cm.

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LoganLib_Tahnee May 24, 2018

This is an amazingly short read that will have you in stitches.

JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

A quick novella where the Queen starts avoiding her duties as she has begun reading with a vengeance. Fun, but I think I liked Mrs Queen Takes the Train better for the humour.

Our culture is fascinated with all things Royal. This small, light read about Queen Elizabeth II becoming just as fascinated with reading is perfect for fans of the British Royals as well as bibliophiles who love books about books. The Queen begins a new habit of reading one day, and that changes everything.

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Sublurbanite
Apr 20, 2017

Adorably written, light read. I flew through it and found it highly entertaining. Strongly recommend.

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moirajames
Mar 05, 2017

a quick light amusing read. Good when life is too serious to have a little pause for a smile.

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closedbook
Feb 17, 2017

Funny read, loosely based upon a fictionalized Queen Elizabeth. Quick read and a must for all readers.

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brangwinn
Jan 09, 2017

Great story for people who love books. Turning Queen Elizabeth into a bookworm ignoring her other duties makes for a fun short book to read.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 23, 2016

This quirky tale is on my top 10 favorite reads (or audiobooks.) For me it's a bonus that Bennett reads it himself as only AB can. I suppose one is either a fan or not. His humor delights me. Lighten up folks, it's Brit humor.

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sandette
Jul 10, 2016

This is a charming, interesting book with a plot twist and quirky characters- it just wasn't my thing. I had to struggle through most of it since I wasn't very accustomed to the writing style, and I found the plot painfully slow. Still a cute, unique book though- although it certainly wasn't for me.

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

This little book is a lot of fun: droll,tongue-in-cheek English humor at its best. Anyone familiar with Bennett's "The Madness of King George" will likely appreciate this one.

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