What would happen if the Queen became a reader of taste and discernment rather than of Dick Francis? The answer is a perfect story.
For all its hilarity The Uncommon Reader has a heartfelt tone. It offers a lament on old age, some thoughts on reticence and a backward glance at a life wasted.
An exquisitely produced jewel of a book.
Pure gold ... you would be hard put to find a defter satire on British philistinism ... the dialogue is priceless.
Light, fresh, witty and warm.
Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader would make a perfect stocking filler for just about anyone.
An exquisitely produced jewel of a book ... [but] beneath the tasteful gilt-and-beige cover seethes a savagely Swiftian indignation against stupidity, Philistinism and arrogance in public places, and a passionate argument for the civilising power of art.
...a masterpiece of comic brevity.
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