Mrs Queen Takes The Train

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Allen & Unwin, Nov 1, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is growing increasingly disenchanted after her decades of public service and years of family scandal. One day, the Queen takes things into her own hands and, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, leaves the palace alone and incognito.

An unlikely group of six, including two of the Queen's most trusted household staff members, William and Shirley; one of her loyal ladies in waiting, Lady Anne; an equerry fresh from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Luke; a young equestrienne who minds the horses in the Royal Mews, Rebecca; and Rajiv, an Etonian spending his early 20s behind the counter in an artisanal cheese shop in Mayfair, and moonlighting as a tabloid photographer, are the only ones who know of her disappearance. They vow to find her and bring her back to the palace before MI6 turn her Scottish sojourn into a national crisis.

Capturing the faded but enduring glamour and glory of a seemingly old-fashioned institution, and a woman who wonders if she, too, has become outmoded, this is a charming, witty and poignant novel of responsibilities and freedom.

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3.5 This is a charming book with quirky characters and a quirky plot line. I think that the author could have given us more character development; it felt like he was rushed in trying to fit in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - tess_schoolmarm - LibraryThing

A slightly amusing albeit very predictable book about the fictonal "Queen Elizabeth II," who takes a public train to Scotland. Great quote from the book, "The Queen would rather give Putin a pedicure than go to a rock concert!" Read full review

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About the author (2012)

William Kuhn is a biographer, historian, and the author, most recently, of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books, an account of the editorial life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He lives in Boston, but spent a year with his family in London when he was eleven, and became an Anglophile as a result. He has spent and continues to spend a great deal of time in the UK and also write for a number of British newspapers and magazines. Mrs Queen Takes the Train is his first novel.

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