"Uncommon Reader" is a gem! Dec 16, 2010
Alan Bennet's "The Uncommon reader" deserves a place in the collection, no matter how modest, of everyone who owns more than one book. Beautifully and succinctly (but never tersely) written, it's an utterly charming and highly original story, with a real twist in its very last sentence. It proves that good writing did not die with the demise of Dickens.
It's a short book and so takes not a lot of time to read, but every second devoted to it is time well spent. It has humour, intrigue, machination aplenty. That the Queen of England is central to the story does most decidedly not limit its appeal only to Britons or royalists, nor does it add grist to the mill of the campaigners agitating for the abolition of the monarchy! And it's suitable for all ages, though there are (a very few - I can recall only one) instances of 'strong' language
This book is a MUST for anyone who appreciates a good story, crisply told.