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The uncommon reader

Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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.

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Genre/Form: Belletristische Darstellung
Humorous fiction
Named Person: Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; Elizabeth, Queen of Great Britain; Elisabeth, Großbritannien Königin; Königin II ) Elisabeth (Großbritannien; Queen of Geat Britain Elizabeth II
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Bennett
ISBN: 9780374280963 0374280967 9781846680496 1846680492 9780312427641 0312427646
OCLC Number: 163582083
Notes: 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. -- Publisher description.
Awards: Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2008
Short-listed for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2008
Description: 120 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Alan Bennett.
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The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely and intelligently.  Read more...


by mmfrank (WorldCat user on 2007-11-12)



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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 Read more...

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