Described as ‘one good thing to come out of the Jubilee’, Alan Bennett’s complete and unabridged narration of ‘The Uncommon Reader’ addresses a most royal subject: Queen Elizabeth II.
The plot opens when the gracious Queen inadvertently stumbles across the City of Westminster’s travelling library whilst trying to herd her wandering corgis. Intrigued, she tentatively ventures into the world of literature, selecting an Ivy Compton-Burnett title from the shelves of the mobile collection.
New to the pursuit of reading (duty has always come before pleasure), the Queen is soon engrossed as she borrows one book after the other. However, not all are pleased by the crown-bearers new hobby, regarding reading as a dangerous stimulant of the imagination. What kind of wild and subversive ideals could enter the mind of this regal uncommon reader - and what are the implications for the country over which she reigns?
‘The Uncommon Reader’ poses a hilarious and charming scenario, distinguished by the gentle wit and irony that characterise the work of the nationally adored Alan Bennett. Now yours to own on CD audiobook, this gem of a tale, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, is sure to bring a glowing smile to listeners of all ages.