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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
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“Thus it was that the dawn of sensibility was mistaken for the onset of senility.”

When Queen Elizabeth II unexpectedly finds herself on the City of Westminster travelling library, she immediately recognizes a dilemma. “Knowing that if she left without a book it would seem to Mr. Hutching that the library was somehow lacking”, and despite that “reading was something she left to other people”, the Queen checked out a book. And thus begins her Majesty’s fascination with books.

Alan Bennett has penned an utterly charming and delightful tale; the first book I’ve ever wanted to immediately read again.
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