Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books—Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of... show more
An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books—Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain’s Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town—and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England’s monarchy.
Publish date: October 16th 2012
Pages no: 374
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
I was not that impressed with this book--I wanted more focus on the Queen rather than all the people looking for her. And then, on the other hand, I thought it was presumptuous of the author to assume he knew the inner workings of the Queen's mind. So I don't know--I found this book rather meh.
Yes. I think that says it all. You just know that this couldn't ever possibly happen but it is still an enjoyable read, especially if you just don't try to find any deep meaning in the tale--although there are many touching moments. I do like the way Kuhn weaves the diverse cast of characters togeth...
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/read-it-if-the-gargoyles-reviews-for-the-time-poor-or-goldfish-sized-attention-spans/This is a delightful little read that is perfect for those times when you just need a bit of light-heartedness to lift your mood. There's nothing ...
Aww. If only the queen were as sweet and cute as this books makes her out to be. Of the converging story lines in this book, I was *completely uninterested* in one. I read the first two or three sections of their story, then started skimming before outright skipping over them. I'd just see their ...
Feared it was a knock-off of Bennett's An Uncommon Reader but NO! Loved the Henry V thread! Not much of a monarchist, but I was rooting for Ma'am by the end