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A rapid reader for 2019

It's been a fruitful year for scholars. A couple of works of history stand out

Sunil Sethi 

Sunil Sethi

In his coruscating slim volume The Uncommon Reader the British playwright and screenwriter Alan Bennett describes what happens when the Queen of England suddenly, and unaccountably, becomes a voracious reader. This habit is met with alarm by her staff and consternation by loyal subjects on her walkabouts.

Instead of exchanging polite nothings Her Majesty starts quizzing the public on what they read and discussing the merits of Trollope, Dickens, and Virginia Woolf. A few misguided folk mention Harry Potter — “but to this the Queen (who had no time for fantasy) invariably ...

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First Published: Sat, December 28 2019. 00:15 IST
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