"'A masterpiece of comic brevity' Observer 'For all its hilarity The Uncommon Reader has a heartfelt tone. It offers a lament on old age, some thoughts on reticence and a backward glance at a life wasted.' Sunday Times 'An exquisitely produced jewel of a book.' The Times 'pure gold... you would be hard put to find a defter satire on British philistinism... the dialogue is priceless.' Mail on Sunday 'Light, fresh, witty and warm.' Daily Telegraph"