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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 she, like Britannia herself, has, too, become a relic of the past. William Kuhn paints a charming yet biting portrait of British social, political, and generational rivalries—between upstairs and downstairs, the monarchy and the government, the old and the young. Comic and poignant, fast paced and clever, this delightful debut tweaks the pomp of the monarchy, going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its center.
What a charmer! In this warm-hearted story, William Kuhn imagines the interior life of Queen Elizabeth II and members of her household over the course of two extraordinary days. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Margery L. Goldstein
The truly fabulous depiction of the Queen makes this work. A grown up and growing old lady who has had a front seat to history while feeling like an ornament. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mary Glass
I would have given a 31/2 if I could. I enjoyed reading it, and found out a lot about the way the Royal court functions. I loved the characterisation of The Queen, (note capitals! Read morePublished 26 days ago by penny
Not very imaginative. Predictable. Elementary in plot, writing style and characters.Published 27 days ago by elle ohallorahan
I like the book, but it was a little hard to get into the story. Not all was logically cinnected. Loved the way Mrs..Queen was portrayed as just another nice old lady -- kind of. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ute Buehler