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The Uncommon Reader

A Novella

by Alan Bennett

The Uncommon Reader
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    Sep 2007, 128 pages
    Sep 2008, 128 pages

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A delightful celebration of books and writers, and the readers who sustain them

Author and actor Alan Bennett has a long list of credits to his name. The youngest generation might know him as the lugubrious voice of Winnie-The-Pooh and friends in the BBC audio recordings from the 1990s; the next generation up are likely to know him as the playwright of The Madness of George III, or the more recent The History Boys (which won six Tonys including Best Play); and the generation above may admit to being old enough to have seen him perform with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller in Beyond The Fringe (see sidebar).

The Uncommon Reader is not an insiders look into the life of the person best known as the Queen of England but rather an opportunity for Bennett to play around with the caricature of the Queen, ...

A brief video interview with Alan Bennett about The History Boys.

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