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5: The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett:

London: Faber And Faber / Profile Books, 2007

8vo, first edition in book form ("2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1" on imprint page), original red cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket

Loosely inserted is a one-page photocopy, on which the author has noted: 'This was a piece I did for the Radio Times when my reading of The Uncommon Reader was being broadcast.  It’s also an example of my typing.'

The Queen, prompted by a chance meeting with a mobile library near Buckingham Palace, politely borrows a book, and soon discovers a voracious appetite for fiction. Enlivened by this expansive new world, she becomes critical of the unimaginative routines of Palace life, and only a few years later is to be found parachuting into the Olympic Stadium with James Bond.

Annotated on 18 pages.  One illustration. Approximately 650 words.

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