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The Uncommon Reader


'Oh Norman,' said the Queen, 'the prime minister doesn't seem to have read any Hardy. Perhaps you could find him one of our old paperbacks on his way ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
Elizabeth  A

Anglophiles' delight!

by Elizabeth A on Jan 5, 2012

As an expat Englishwoman, I was delighted to read this charming little novella. Long an admirer of Alan Bennett (best known in the U.S. for his play "The History Boys"), it was great to see that he hasn't lost his light touch or delicate sense of humour. I bought several copies and gave them to friends ... More


"Uncommon Reader" is a gem!

by Chrisgr on 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 ... More



by piafinn on Aug 6, 2009

This is a cute little book and not a big investment in time. It's about what happens when the Queen of England suddenly develops a voracious appetite for reading. It is not well received by her staff, who go out of their way to discourage it. The book had alot of Britishisms, if that's a word, and ... More


Mischievious and subversive

by MeBrnsPnst on Jul 23, 2009

Like the description says, this quick read makes one chuckle and laugh at the quirky veracity of the characters and their actions. One can, and does, read it in two sittings, if not less, and is overjoyed it is only partly true. A wonderful tale of (mostly) likeable people. Will Mr. Bennett be ... More


Enjoyable Read

by LadyInRed on Jan 20, 2009

As an avid reader I can identify with the Queen as she became hooked on reading. Her peaked interest in the world and people became evident as she read the classics and other authors. I loved the relationship she had with Norman and how he encouraged her to read and the cunning ways he got books to ... More

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