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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett January's book club book - which I read in one sitting. the surmise is brilliantly simple, but the writing is sparkling and funny. The Queen discovers that there's a mobile library that arrives at the palace once a week when the corgis charge off after it. For politeness sake, she borrows a book, and then becomes an avid reader. A little late in life, maybe, a fact of which she is most aware. The progress of her reading is followed, from scatter gun beginnings to obsession. This is met with some resistance in various places, and there is a conspiracy to try and stop her - some of which backfire spectacularly! She progresses from reader to wanna be writer (and who of us has not had that thought). The sting in the tail is deliciously delivered, and thoroughly thought provoking. Just brilliant, and I just know I'll be reading it again before we discuss it next month.