Mrs Queen Takes the Train

Mrs Queen Takes the Train

eBook - 2012
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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. 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. But a characterful cast of royal attendants has discovered her missing. In uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty's cheese set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal. Mrs Queen Takes the Train is a clever novel, offering a fresh look at a woman who wonders if...
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780062208309
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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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.

Céline_Biblio Jul 30, 2013

I really liked this book. It is well structured and developped. Contains good character contrasts as well.
At the beginning we are introduced to a Queeen who is a bit depressed, uncomfortable, and unsettled. She - as well as all those involved in searching for the missing Queen - go through an individual journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The novel is punctuated with much humour. Those familiar with the practice of yoga with appreciate the novel's structure, the author having divided his work with yoga pose names highlighting the characters' journeys, from Warrior Two through Savasana.

Jun 07, 2013

This fictionalized history about Queen Elizabeth deciding to leave the palace and take a trip on her own is a fun book. The author must have done extensive research into what it's like to be Queen Elizabeth and you do feel like you are taking a behind-the-scenes tour. Although the book was enjoyable, the ending was a bit of a let down, which is sometimes the case with otherwise good books. None the less, I would recommend this as good, light, summer reading. I rate it with a grade of "B."

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

This fictional Queen Elizabeth closely resembles Alan Bennett’s portrayal of her in The Uncommon Reader—intelligent and well-meaning, she is a whizz at small talk and asking the right questions to draw people out, but not so good at mastering her computer or overcoming self-doubt and depression. Feeling “not quite herself,” she wanders from the palace grounds and decides to cheer herself up by visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. Various members of her staff tag along to ensure her safe and quiet return, satisfactory relationships developing en route. Great fun! True Brit!

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