The Uncommon Reader
By Alan Bennett
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374280963, 128pp.)
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
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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.
Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in London, England.