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NHL Book Club – March: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UPDATE (March 7): The March Book Club discussion will take place at 10:oo AM at the Neilson Hays Library


Celebrate a love of reading by joining the Neilson Hays Library Book Club to discuss The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.


ABOUT The Uncommon Reader: A Novella
When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England’s best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader’s life.


Alan Bennett has been one of England’s leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His work includes the Talking Heads television series, and the stage plays Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, and The Madness of King George III. His play, The History Boys, won six Tony Awards, including best play, in 2006, and became a major motion picture. In the same year his memoir, Untold Stories, was a number-one bestseller in the United Kingdom.

At 83, Mr. Bennett is released a new play in London titled Allelujah! He also authors an entertaining monthly diary in the London Review of Books.


March 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Neilson Hays Library
195 Surawong Road
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02 233 1731