The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Testimonies of fifty-two women--northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina--share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

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She starts to worry less about duty and more about reading, even hiding books under cushions on her way to the State Opening of Parliament. It sends the flunkeys into meltdown. Reading, to them, is subversive. They contrive ways to dissuade the monarch - they banish poor Norman to a creative writing course at East Anglia University and at one point, they even blow up poor Anita Brookner (well, her words, not her person) and claim they were foiling a terrorist attack. But her Majesty will not be beaten.

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From a reader, to a reader. In this gem of a short story-come-novella, Alan Bennett, a famous bookworm himself, talks about what it is to read; the process, the feeling, the self-knowledge, the understanding of others, the clarification of hitherto unarticulated ideas. And of course, in her Maj, he has the perfect cipher. If the most famous, most elevated literary ignoramus in the country can be rejuvenated by books, then so can we all. Books don't discriminate, they are there for everyone, as the Queen discovers,

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The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely ( JR Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people like the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with much that she ha...

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