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. White gloved hands a surprising fan of the mobile library photograph mike forster npa rex features let this column a republican ever since the usurpation of the enlightened elective . The uncommon reader is a novella by alan bennett after appearing first in the london review of books vol 29 no 5 8 march 2007 it was published later the same year in book form by faber faber and profile books. The uncommon reader by alan bennett faber faber profile gbp1099 pp160 what is it about the queen that inspires such deep affection in the british. Excerpt the uncommon reader at windsor it was the evening of the state banquet and as the president of france took his place beside her majesty the royal family formed up behind and the procession slowly moved off and through into the waterloo chamber
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