The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett

16 Jan


I found this a charming and very pleasant read.  The premise is that the Queen, late in life, becomes an avid reader and in doing so reevaluates much of what she thought and how she thought it.

I’ve always been a reader but in recent years I’ve read far more than in earlier life and I’ve certainly found an impact beyond just the pages I’ve passed over and so identified with the narrative here.

There is a lot of dry humor in this book with the portrayal of the Queen and her friendship with able assistant Norman particularly enjoyable.  It is only 120 odd pages so it didn’t take me much more than an afternoon.  If you have a long train journey or flight it is an ideal companion.


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