The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Obliged to borrow a book when her corgis stray into a mobile library, the Queen discovers a passion for reading, setting the palace upon its head and causing the royal head of Great Britain to question her role in the monarchy.

McMillan Palgrave
From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In

A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.


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From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In
 
 A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library  she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen’s transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England’s best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader’s life.


Blackwell North Amer
When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff, and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374280963
0374280967
Characteristics: 120 p. ; 20 cm

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Sublurbanite
Apr 20, 2017

Adorably written, light read. I flew through it and found it highly entertaining. Strongly recommend.

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moirajames
Mar 05, 2017

a quick light amusing read. Good when life is too serious to have a little pause for a smile.

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closedbook
Feb 17, 2017

Funny read, loosely based upon a fictionalized Queen Elizabeth. Quick read and a must for all readers.

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brangwinn
Jan 09, 2017

Great story for people who love books. Turning Queen Elizabeth into a bookworm ignoring her other duties makes for a fun short book to read.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 23, 2016

This quirky tale is on my top 10 favorite reads (or audiobooks.) For me it's a bonus that Bennett reads it himself as only AB can. I suppose one is either a fan or not. His humor delights me. Lighten up folks, it's Brit humor.

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sandette
Jul 10, 2016

This is a charming, interesting book with a plot twist and quirky characters- it just wasn't my thing. I had to struggle through most of it since I wasn't very accustomed to the writing style, and I found the plot painfully slow. Still a cute, unique book though- although it certainly wasn't for me.

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

This little book is a lot of fun: droll,tongue-in-cheek English humor at its best. Anyone familiar with Bennett's "The Madness of King George" will likely appreciate this one.

forbesrachel Mar 15, 2015

The Queen has seen and done many things. Due to her lofty position, other people are respectful yet distant towards her, and her life revolves around her duty. Then one day, she discovers a bookmobile on the palace grounds, and being polite, she checks something out. So begins a delightful tale of the Queen and her growing passion for books. Some encourage this love, while others don't understand it and even try to deter her. In fact, the majority of the populace seems to lack interest in books, thus where the conflict comes from. No matter what happens though, the voices of these authors keep calling to the Queen. She considers the reasons for this, and expounds on the importance of books; they are equality. The Queen lives in a very different world than most of us, her language and actions are constant reminders of this, but in those moments with her books, we feel a shared commonality with her. She discovers the same things in them that we do. Enjoyment, empathy, and education. By reading she comes to reflect on her own life, and finally arrives at her own conclusion. Truly a charming, thoughtful, and amusing portrayal of such a well-known personage.

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Cas22
Mar 14, 2015

If you’d like an easy read that will make you laugh then this charming, whimsical novella is worth a look. It tells the story of how the Queen discovers the joy of reading books, albeit somewhat late in life. One day when she is out walking around the grounds of Buckingham Palace she stumbles across a mobile library, pops in for a look and borrows a book – and then another and another. Pretty soon she is hooked on reading and finds that as her enthusiasm for books increases, her enthusiasm for official duties decreases. This causes much consternation to all those around her, including the corgis. Despite the best efforts of everyone to sabotage this new, book-loving Queen, she is undeterred and continues her literary pursuits with vigour and determination. This is indeed a playful and amusing little gem.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Short and tartly sweet, this little book feels like a gift to the readers of the world. One day the Queen steps on board a bookmobile on the grounds of Buckingham Palace and just to be polite, she borrows a book. She finishes it because that is ‘the way one was brought up’ and becomes addicted to reading. Full of wonderful, humorous observations and a decidedly bookish take on life.

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