Read: September 2007
This is a devilishly funny book, an absolute joy for any lover of reading who wonders what the world would be like if more people in power read for themselves. In his portrayal of the Queen, Alan Bennett has traversed a minefield skilfully and created a character who is both eminently believable and endearingly lovable. If the Queen has ever enjoyed living vicariously then she can have had few such escapades as the one she enjoys here. If it was up to me this delightful portrayal of joyous rebellion would have the Queen, and everyone else, reaching for a book in each and every spare minute of the day.
There is absolutely nothing to dislike in this humorous and well conceived novella. It is a short and enjoyable read, crammed with little anecdotes and facts which will be of interest to anyone fascinated by the world of books. Indeed, if you have already fallen for the vast world of literature then you will be rubbing your hands with glee at this celebration of reading in all its forms.
I cannot think of a better way to spend a couple of hours than devouring The Uncommon Reader. It is a book which everyone should read.
8 out of 10