Afternoon Book Club: The Uncommon Reader

Uncommon ReaderWhat happens when Queen of England neglects her royal duties because she’s too busy reading?  That is the premise of the August selection for Winfield Public Library’s Afternoon Book Club.  All are welcome to join in the book discussion, to be held on Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30pm in the WPL Discovery Room.  Copies of the selected book are available to check out at WPL’s front desk.

In Alan Bennett’s novella The Uncommon Reader, the monarch chances upon a mobile library near Buckingham Palace.  Her newfound obsession with reading leads to unexpected consequences throughout the palace and beyond.

Selected to meet the August Reading Challenge of “a book less than 200 pages,” The Uncommon Reader is 120 pages long and has a 3.8 rating on goodreads.  From the publisher:

Led by her yapping corgis to the Westminster traveling library outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen finds herself taking out novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett.  Duff read though it is, the following week her choice proves more enjoyable and awakens in Her Majesty a passion for reading so great that her public duties begin to suffer.  And so, as she devours work by everyone from Hardy to Brookner to Proust to Beckett, her equerries conspire to bring the Queen’s literary odyssey to a close.