My daughter asked for this for Christmas, and we all read it in the course of a couple of days. It's a fabulous conceit about the private life of (arguably) the most famous person in the world, told in a straightforward fashion that avoids cliche and is continually interesting. Bennett is a writer of great skill, and the way he weaves this little tale gets you thinking about things like obligation, independence and tradition, as well as, of course, the pleasures of reading. The latter is something I suppose we all think we know about, but it's exposed in a novel (hah!) fashion in this charming little book.