Mrs Queen Takes the Train

Mrs Queen Takes the Train

eBook - 2012
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"[A] charmer of a first novel. . . . This Elizabeth is delightful, slyly funny company. You'll never look at the real one the same way again." — People (3 ½ stars)

"A witty, contemporary story of the Downton Abbey-esque tensions between servants and employers, the young and the old, and tradition and modernity." — Glamour

A lively, wonderfully inventive, delightful romp reminiscent of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, Mrs Queen Takes the Train 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 into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England's monarchy.

After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. She needs some proper cheering up and an unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories—the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a skull-emblazoned hoodie, the limber Elizabeth (thank goodness for yoga) walks out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day and heads for King's Cross to catch a train to Scotland, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

Publisher: HarperCollins


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Nov 30, 2019

Brilliantly funny yet also quite sweet. You'll hope this is an accurate description of the Queen and her entourage

Sep 28, 2019

Delightful read. I liked how the author mixed reality with supposed reality. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jul 24, 2018

A delightful, funny and entertaining read. The CD book is very well read. I hope that the library will buy more novels by this author.

Aug 21, 2015

An amusing, light-weight read. Although he's an American, Kuhn clearly grasps the increasingly cosmopolitan yet still British character of the UK as well as some of the peculiar aspects of the modern royal household, still clinging to its anachronistic class structures while seeing its perks and privileges get whittled away by cost-conscious governments.
I picked up this book because I had enjoyed "The Uncommon Reader". There are some similarities to be sure, although I found the "Reader" to be more satisfying.

Sep 10, 2014

I really enjoyed this novel. It was fun to see the Queen interact with "commoners" who don't know who she is. The various Palace characters who chase after her are a likable bunch, if not fully fleshed out. It's a good book and should be enjoyable to fans of the Royal Family.

Jul 05, 2014

Mrs Queen Takes the Train. by William Kuhn. A very cute story about Queen Elizabeth who one day decides to take an adventure on her own which causes much worry and chaos within her private circle.

karminaat Jan 28, 2014

Very enjoyable read! This imagined version of such a public person as the Queen makes me think about the hidden depths of all those celebrities that we never see, the little day to day thoughts and failings which make them more human and approachable.
I found the author's style extremely enjoyable to read and engrossing, with all the details clicking seamlessly into place to bring the story to a graceful close without falling for the pittrap of the happily ever after. This is only an episode in the character's lives, and they'll continue to evolve after the story is finished. Overall 5 out of 5!

Nov 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this book - a mix of a true story and some light-hearted fiction.
A good read!

mytwin Oct 10, 2013

My cousin suggested I read this before a trip to Edinbirgh and London.What a funny book ! And it made my adventure more fun when I was in the U.K.Hard to explain that the Queen's wave was used on a wee ferry ride in Scotland,when I was not sure that I had made the right travel choice.

samdog123 Aug 25, 2013

Left with mixed feelings about this book. The droll British humour attempted by the author fell flat most of the time. The book tried to be cute, but often missed the mark and was just silly. The characters didn't really engage me, except for The Queen, and even that wasn't really well done at times. The pictures were really kind of pointless and didn't make sense at all. All in all, an odd little book.

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