Anna from CompletelyNovel.com and Kirsty, former English Lit student and book enthusiast, rapidly review Alan Bennett’s ‘The Uncommon Reader’. This short but very entertaining novel tells the story of what happens when the Queen of England enters the realms of reading for pleasure and the effect it has on the rest of the royal household.
A gentle satire that will chime with anyone who has found themselves putting the rest of their life on hold…just so they can get to the last page!
But besides the many ‘queen’ jokes there is a serious agenda here too. The Uncommon Reader emphasises the ability of books to change lives, offer insight into the worlds of those who are so detached from ourselves and offer us a connection to the rest of humanity. This is not just a question of mechanically reading the school room classics, HRH positively devours her way through the canon and breaks out of the constraints of her upbringing in the process.
Oh…and we also include some great tips on how to read ‘on the sly’.
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Indeed… I think authors should be made aware of the lengths that some people go to to read their books!
I hope you enjoy The Uncommon Reader and look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.