“…untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting…”

I’ve just started reading Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader (or click here to find a talking book version), and am finding it an absolute delight  (Yes,  Business Librarians do have souls beyond money!)  The story begins when the Queen accidently discovers a mobile library parked in the kitchen courtyard at Windsor and, out of politeness, borrows a book – an action which seems to be leading to some unexpected consequences…

…briefing is not reading.  In fact it is the antithesis of reading.  Briefing is terse, factual and to the point.  Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.  Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up”.

The Uncommon Reader, p. 22

 You can hear Alan Bennett being  interviewed by Phillip Adams on Late Night Live earlier this year, find more of his work in our library catalogue, or find out more about him on the British Council’s Contemporary Writers website.

One thought on ““…untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting…”

  1. If you get funny results when clicking on links to our catalogue search in these posts (e.g. the “in our library catalogue” link in this one) check that the search option in the catalogue (usually the drop down box on the right of the search screen) is set to “entire collection” and try again…

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