- Hardcover: 124 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber; 1st edition (6 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846680492
- ISBN-13: 978-1846680496
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.4 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Uncommon Reader Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007
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An exquisitely produced jewel of a book ... [but] beneath the tasteful gilt-and-beige cover seethes a savagely Swiftian indignation against stupidity, Philistinism and arrogance in public places, and a passionate argument for the civilising power of art. (Jane Shilling The Times)
...a masterpiece of comic brevity. (Robert McCrum The Observer)
A co-publication between Faber and Profile, as with the bestselling Untold Stories.See all Product Description
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As the Queen expands her reading under the direction of Norman, she becomes less interested in day-to-day activities, even arriving late to the opening of Parliament because she forgot her book for the coach ride and had to have it brought to her. She no longer keeps to tried and true conversational subjects (the traffic on the road to the palace), as she converses with the public and meets honored guests, and she finds people becoming confused and tongue-tied. Dinner conversations no longer have the pleasant, easy-going atmosphere that once made invitations to the palace so memorable. When these issues continue for over a year, the Prime Minister determines to take action.
In this delightful novella, Alan Bennett (Beyond the Fringe, Talking Heads, and most recently, The History Boys), explores reading, writing, and their effects on our lives as he develops this imaginative and warmly humorous scenario.Read more ›
This is a devilishly funny book, an absolute joy for any lover of reading who wonders what the world would be like if more people in power read for themselves. In his portrayal of the Queen, Alan Bennett has traversed a minefield skilfully and created a character who is both eminently believable and endearingly lovable. If the Queen lives vicariously then this delightful portrayal of her joyous rebellion could even persuade her to take up reading in reality!
There is absolutely nothing to dislike in this humorous and well conceived novella. It is a short and enjoyable read, crammed with little anecdotes and facts which will be of interest to anyone fascinated by the world of books. Indeed, if you have already fallen for the vast world of literature then you will be rubbing your hands with glee at this celebration of reading in all its forms.
I cannot think of a better way to spend a couple of hours than devouring The Uncommon Reader. It is a book which everyone should read.
Around this affectionate portrait of the Queen, Alan Bennett's imagination has woven a number of delicious incidents, gently satirical, and all in his crystalline prose and unmistakable voice.
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Brillaint, witty, sparkling comedy written by the pen of a master.Published 11 days ago by Andrew T
Fantastic,Alan Bennett at his very best, don't miss it read it now with Amazon!Published 1 month ago by barbara mullane
This is a great little book, full of wry humour and telling observations. I love the premise of a story told from Her Majesty's viewpoint, and the theme about the transforming... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Davies
Great little story of bizarre supposition. Long since recommended by my eldest daughter. It has sat expectantly on a shelf for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ianbigblue
I loved it and have listened to it a few times. Alan Bennett is a genius and gets right inside his characters minds.Published 5 months ago by Rosemary
Everyone should read it. A fable for our time - people (including the Queen) against politicians and bureaucrats. Carpe diem!Published 6 months ago by player