"A delicious and very funny what-if.... a delightful little book that unfolds into a witty meditation on the subversive pleasures of reading.... Mr. Bennett has written a captivating fairy tale ... a tale that showcases its author’s customary élan and keen but humane wit."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Bennett's jokes are so beautifully modulated.... The Uncommon Reader is a piece of audacious lèse majesté which, in an earlier age, would have put its author's head on a spike.... Bennett knows what he is doing."
"A kind of palace fairy tale for grown-ups.... [[Bennett's]] account of the queen’s adventures often made me laugh out loud."
--Jeremy McCarter, The New York Times
"Briskly original and subversively funny."
"[Bennett's] subtle wit and tonal command show why he is so beloved in his native Britain."