The Rights of the Reader

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First published in 1992, Daniel Pennac's passionate defence of reading for pleasure The Rights of the Reader has sold over a million copies in his native France. 

Drawing on his experiences as a child, a parent and an inner-city teacher in Paris, Pennac reflects on the power of story and on how we learn to read — what helps us and what gets in the way. He reminds us of our right to read anything, anywhere, at any time, so long as we are enjoying ourselves. 

This is a guide to reading unlike any other: fresh, sympathetic, witty and never didactic, it is a work of literature on its own right and should be read by everyone who cares about children and reading. 

The Rights of the Reader:

  1. The right not to read.
  2. The right to skip.
  3. The right not to finish a book.
  4. The right to read again. 
  5. The right to read anything.
  6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
  7. The right to read anywhere.
  8. The right to dip in.
  9. The right to read out loud.
  10. The right to be quiet.


Condition: Pre-loved book. Minor yellowing of pages. Otherwise in good condition.

Format: Paperback
Year published: 2006

Pages: 179
Non-fiction, humour
Imprint: Walker Books

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