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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett . . .

last year

Here in the UK and among many other countries in the world we mourn the death of HM Queen Elizabeth. To keep this 'reading related' the above book/novella is the imagined story of the day HM sees a mobile library parked outside the entrance to Buckingham Palace kitchens. She is, of course, unfamiliar with this vehicle and goes in to look around and, to be polite, she borrows a book.

Bennett paints a delightful picture of how reading changes the Queen's attitude to people around her, including the politicians she has to meet and widens her horizons about many in the population. Of course we know HM was probably one of the most travelled people in the world who possibly met millions of people over the course of her long reign but the premise of this shortish work is that reading offers us all so much entertainment and intellectual curiosity.

You don't need to be a Royalist to enjoy it!

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