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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.
I enjoyed this story and found the characters delightful. I like how Shakespeare's Henry V is woven into the story.Published 9 days ago by Jessica
This is a very comfortable book, easy going, with lots of palace insights. It's written affectionately and with humor. I highly recommed it.Published 22 days ago by Lucy by the sea
This novel could have gone so wrong using a real woman whose face is known across the world as the central character. Instead, Mr. Kuhn's debut novel is a complete delight. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Baird-Greene
Queen Elizabeth is feeling a bit low when she walks over to her London stables to visit her horses on a blustery day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara Saffer