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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Sept. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ6XZK
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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.
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 ›
In the best of all possible worlds, the Uncommon Reader of the title would include Alan Bennett in the New Year's Honours Lists for penning this little gem of a book. The author paints a gentle portrait of a very real woman, isolated by definition, whose life of dutiful dedication becomes richer and more enjoyable with the discovery of reading for pleasure. And, human nature being what it is, as soon as this pleasure is made evident, the stuffy bureaucrats, whose routine is upset by what represents an aberration in THEIR schedules, do their best to spoil it.
Bennett treats his Uncommon Subject--that is, his Monarch--with love. His dry and often acerbic humor is reserved for the politicians: the anonymous French premier, who has never heard of Jean Genet, or the equally anonymous and bellicose Prime Minister upon whom Her Majesty thrusts volumes about the endangered archaeological remains of the Cradle of Civilization. Needless to say, the books go unread. And then there is Sir Kevin! But to discover Sir Kevin's brand of singular contumacy, you must read the book.
You will not regret it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Humorous and laughter making from the very beginning. This is a must read to bring tears of laughter to the readerPublished 9 days ago by David Dalglish
Very funny book and alot of what she says i could hear her saying.Published 10 days ago by WomanCid
Wonderful warm, gently humorous and as ever so beautifully written. The Queen, who apparently has never read a novel, takes to it after a chance encounter at the Palace mobile... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jan Andersson
A very entertaining short story about how the queen's life is changed by a mobile library. Laugh out loud funny.Published 27 days ago by AEC
A lovely read. One can't help wondering if the heroine has read it too? I highly recommend this book, one is very amused.Published 1 month ago by Penelope
A little gem by one of the finest writers of our time. Funny, thoughtful and wise. Thank you Mr Bennett.Published 1 month ago by Jennie Finch
An interesting read. How the Royals may think and react their bubble is intriguing e.g.50 shades of grey? Enjoyed the read.Published 1 month ago by Derekp