The Rights of the Reader

By Daniel Pennac

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Humane, humorous and deeply felt, this is a unique book about reading.

The Rights of the Reader, which has sold over a million copies in France, grew from celebrated French writer Daniel Pennac's experiences of teaching in "challenging" schools. Central to the book is his belief that readers have rights: to read what, how, where and when they want, and – if they choose – the right NOT to read. This fresh new translation combines the talents of award-winning translator Sarah Adams and renowned artist Quentin Blake, who illustrates and introduces the work.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 15+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406300918
  • Published: 02 Oct 2006
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 176

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'A refreshing and inspirational book that should never go out of print.' National Literacy Trust

'A wonderfully economical and witty exploration of why we read and why we don't.' The Guardian

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