Alan Bennett’s An Uncommon Reader was an inspired Christmas present (oh, ok, I hinted quite substantially) The power of literature works its mischevious magic on the uncommon reader (HRH) She perseveres after borrowing Ivy Compton Burnett’s book from the moblile library parked in the palace grounds and discovers the joys of literature. Of course all of this dedication to literature has a disastous effect on her public duties. And who will sit and discuss Proust with her? It’s fun and a quick and easy read that will stay long after the covers are closed. Thanks Santa.