The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett reads from his book about a monarch for whom literature is an all-consuming interest.

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AR0120070910Alan Bennett reads from his book about a monarch for whom literature is an all-consuming interest.

One morning, the Queen discovers a travelling library parked next to the Buckingham Palace kitchens.

1/5. One morning, the Queen discovers a travelling library parked next to the Buckingham Palace kitchens.

AR0220070911Having borrowed books from the travelling library, the Queen encounters some memorable plots and characters.

2/5. Having borrowed books from the travelling library, the Queen encounters some memorable plots and characters.

AR0320070912Not content with reading the books, the Queen now wishes to meet the writers.

3/5. Not content with reading the books, the Queen now wishes to meet the writers.

AR0420070913The Queen's devotion to books causes problems for everyone from her courtiers to her Prime Minister.

4/5. The Queen's devotion to books causes problems for everyone from her courtiers to her Prime Minister.

AR05 LAST20070914Much to the consternation of her Prime Minister, the Queen makes a life-changing decision.

5/5. Much to the consternation of her Prime Minister, the Queen makes a life-changing decision.