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The Queen and I. Per le Scuole superiori (The Queen and I #1)

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Townsend, author of the phenomenally successful Adrian Mole books, here brings off an audacious notion with considerable elan. She imagines a Britain where an unforgiving, newly elected Republican Party decides that the entire Royal Family must learn to live like other Britons--or in their case, like desperately poor lower-class Britons on a hideous housing estate in a pro...more
Published (first published January 1st 1992)
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Petra X
This is a solid four-star comic book of that particular kind of dry British humour but more bouncy, because Sue Townsend of the The Adrian Mole Diaries series fame is bouncy. She has also been a noted and outspoken socialist (for Americans: this is a perfectly acceptable and mainstream thing to be in the UK, Europe in general, unlike in the US) and here she carries all that to the extreme.

Essentially the book is about what would happen if a Marxist government took over and tossed the Queen and h...more
Although this book is not aimed at children, I used extracts from it (with adult language edited out!) for Year 5/6 Literacy lessons during ‘Jubilee Week’. It’s a very entertaining fantasy about a republican government taking office and ordering the Queen to abdicate. The Royal Family are then ‘relocated’ to Hellebore Close (but the missing letters from the street sign leave “Hell Close”), a council estate somewhere up the M1. Elizabeth gets a social worker, Phillip gets clinical depression, Cha...more
Imagine if the UK became a Republic and the Royal Family were sent to live on a housing estate and told to live like ordinary Britons. How would they cope? How would they adapt? This very scenario is explored in this rather funny little story by Sue Townsend. This was the first book that I have read by this author and it came highly recommended by a friend. On the whole I found it a really enjoyable read.

This was a very quick and easy book to read. The story unfolds at a good pace and the humor,...more
I know this book was published years ago, but somehow I just never got around to reading it until now.

It is 1992, a Republican Government has got into power in Britain and The Queen and her family are ordered out of Buckingham Palace and forced to move onto one of the worst council estates in the Midlands.

This is such a funny read and although dated, it is still pretty relevant today - and shows the holes in our society. There is no major plot line and to be honest not a lot does happen in the...more
A charming what-if, fish-out-of-water story. Anti-monarchists win the election and their first action is to transfer the royal family into low-income housing in a rough neighborhood. The author does a good job of applying characteristics of the real-life individuals to their corresponding characters, so it's entertaining to see how each copes with the drastic change in circumstances. At turns bittersweet and amusing, it's a thought-provoking and insightful yarn. Some have complained about the en...more
BrokenTune [Disclaimer: My opinion is not paid for by Amazon.]
Not sure where to start with this one. The blurb on the back-cover looked quite an interesting premise: A socialist government wins the election and the Royal family are evicted to council housing, and told to get on without any staff or commodities.

Apart from Harris, the corgie, all the family members are portrayed the same way as you would expect in the papers or a pretty lame impressions show, which makes the plot quite tepid and disappointing when comparing it to other caricatures such as G...more
Shu cortesi
Whenever i want a laugh, i pick up this trusty book. For me the best of Sue Townsend.
I'd always intended to read more of Sue Townsend's works that weren't Adrian Mole (ah, Adrian) and I'm saddened that it was her death that reminded me of this and prompted me to pick this one up.

This is a great satire; bonkers in places and it's best to just go with the flow (the way in which the republican government is elected, fr'instance, is daft) because it is very very funny. I loved that it was Prince Phillip who just refused to get out of bed while all the others made a go of it, I loved...more
Giggle Snort

The Queen and I

By: Sue Townsend

Where do I begin with this one? Delightfully funny and light, this is definitely one to read on cold, winter nights with a glass of wine or hot chocolate or on a hot beach with a cocktail. Basically, location doesn’t matter as everything dissolves into the background once the first chapter is completed.

When it was originally published in 1992 I borrowed a copy from my Mother and devoured it cover to cover. I was only 10 or 11 years old at ti...more
Nora Branch Library
Britain has established a new Republican government and the various members of the royal family have been evicted from their palaces and relegated to council (slum) housing. Queen Elizabeth and her mum are doing quite nicely in their new circumstances, actually, stiff upper lip and all that. Diana is shopping for trendy cast-offs at the local Oxfam and Anne is revelling in new-found romance. Charles calls himself "Charlie Teck" (maiden name of Great-Grandmother Queen Mary) and has allowed his in...more
Davida Chazan
In this unfortunately dated book, writer Sue Townsend investigates how the royal family might have coped if Parliament had decided that to dethrone them. You can read my full review here.
A new republican government is voted in England, and the new Prime Minister, Jack Barker has decreed that there is no more monarchy. The royal family are told they have 2 hours to pack a few necessities before they are moved to Hell Close to pensioner bungalows, and Buckingham Palace becomes a fancy hotel, and They can hear their next door neighbors very clearly, and make friends. The dog goes with the pack, the Queen learns to cook, shop, etc, and their pensions are late coming so they make do...more
Republicans win the election, and the Royal family is forced to step down and live amongst the commoners!

I did enjoy this book. Sue Townsend has a way of bringing characters to life that engages the reader and makes you want to know what happens to them.

That said, I started to have a horrible foreboding about halfway though regarding the ending. And yes, I was right. I felt that it was a total let-down, a horrible cliche, and almost made reading the book a waste of time. I am glad I read it beca...more
Kieran Walsh
About a month ago I was getting ready for work, one morning, and I heard, on the radio, that Sue Townsend had just died and while my usual routine of getting out of the house is ‘rushed’ (polite term for anything but) I stood still for the very briefest of moments. You know when everything stops and you just feel sad, but more for yourself than anything? My drive to the office, that morning, was silent as I thought of a writer that seemed timeless, a part of my reading adolescence and somebody w...more
Irene Elizabeth
The very first book I read by Sue Townsend was the hilarious, irreverent and highly readable The Queen and I.

In The Queen and I, the Queen, along with the rest of the royal family, are told they have to leave Buckingham Palace. The Republicans have won the election and they want the royal family out. Fast.

Robbed of their home, and their income, the royal family end up living in a council estate called Hellebore Close (or Hell Close to those who are honest about these things). There they find out...more
I do love this book. It's brilliant fun and very funny. I think she did it better in the next one, though, and The Queen and I now seems very dated - I'd forgotten completely Prince Edward's theatrical career, and the rumours that he was gay; and although Diana is nowadays viewed as a wronged woman and a saint, for many years she was perceived as little more than a clothes horse married to a basically kind man, and that's reflected here.

So it's also a little slice of history. And even though it...more
Dan Jacobson
I loved the concept of this book upon picking it up - the idea of the royal family living on a Brummie housing estate - and finished this book in less than a day. In addition to being an easy, relaxing holiday read, Townsend has been able to weave humour and satire, and also a slight touch of gravitas, into the story, giving an interesting touch to it as well.
So I will say that, whilst this book is not as funny, inspiring or inventive as The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year, its literary quality...more
Angélique Moreau
A republican Prime Minister has been elected and the English monarchy is abolished! The Royal family is relocated to a social housing complex.

The change is nothing but extreme, yet the entire family is able to adapt to the way of life of the social class in which they end up. Between Charles who ends up in jail, the Queen who goes to collect benefits and an underground action group who is on a mission to reinstate monarchy, humourous situations are plenty.

But be aware that, as usual in a book by...more
This is a what if book. What if the Queen of England and all the royal family are fired and must go to live in Council Housing. The Queen must stand in the pensioners line to get money , must endure the nightmare of the health clinic. Her family members are lost at sea and she must remain stoic as ever and lead her family in the harrowing neighbor hood of the English downtrodden. She finds friends in strange places and her family makes strange alliances. Charles ends up in jail and Phillip in th...more
A true laugh-out-loud novel! From the off this story jumped straight in at the deep end with the upheaval of the royal family to an estate living off state benefits. It may be because I can relate to the situation that the royals are swept into, but I found each and every page to be full of thrills and humour, especially at the complete disbelief of the royals at what little people have and the amount of effort that has to be put into everyday life.

I think I can say for most people that the bes...more
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Jessica Lu
Although some details of the story are hilarious and even witty, when I finished the book, I was not content and happy. I will not say that I truly enjoyed the book and admire the author.

Indeed this fantasy was evoked by the arguments whether Britain should keep their royal family and continue spending people's tax money to keep the royal family's life style, I think it's rather indecent for the author to develop the story based on the royal family members' individual characters (or rather the s...more
Stefanie Price
Spoiler alert. In reviewing this, I'm going to ruin the ending!

I picked this up as a desperation buy at Barcelona airport, having discovered that I'd failed to bring the book I was currently reading. I CANNOT be without reading material, especially not on holiday. Forgetting my underwear would be less cause for panic!

I enjoyed Townsend's Adrian Mole books as a teen, and felt this a sure-fire bet for a light, enjoyable holiday read. I'm happy to say that Townsend's warm, irreverent voice still...more
Cosa succederebbe se in Inghilterra la monarchia venisse destituita e tutta la famiglia reale si trovasse a vivere nel sobborgo di un paesino? Un'ipotesi molto remota che secondo l'autrice avrebbe dovuto far ridere, magari se fossi stata inglese, ma siccome non è così il libro non è niente di che; tra l'altro, non essendo nemmeno filomonarchica, mi sono persa tra le parentele e mi faceva un po' tristezza che Diana fosse ancora viva come anche la regina madre....
Melinda Worfolk
This is the only non-YA Sue Townsend novel I've read, and it was excellent. Absolutely hilarious tale of what happens when the British royal family get booted out of the palace and have to live as commoners. I split my sides reading this and ended up giving a copy to my dad, who also thought it was hilarious. Of course now that Princess Diana has died, some of the jabs at her doppelganger in the novel might seem a little mean.
I enjoyed this book so much! The idea of the Royal Family living on a council estate appealed to my sense of humour. Prince Philip going into a "decline", Prince Charles arrested and imprisoned for causing an affray and Princess Anne keeping a horse in the back garden, all had me giggling. I loved Harris the corgi running amok and eventually ending up leading a pack of dogs, and Princes William and Harry going to the local primary school with leaking roof and no resources. Brilliant!
Mrs. M.
Jostain netin syövereistä poimin vinkin tästä kirjasta. Kyseessä on pikkukiva satiiri, jossa Britannian kuningasperhe joutuu uuden pääministerin käskystä muuttamaan lähiöön ja kokemaan sosiaalityöntekijöiden kotikäynnit. Ei enää Charlesin metsästysretkiä tai Dianan shoppailua, pariskunnan pojat leikkivät lähikadulla köyhälistön lasten kanssa. Kuningatar yrittää selvitä päivästä toiseen ihmetellen ihmisten ystävällisyyttä ja avuliaisuutta, samaan aikaan kun prinssipuoliso Philip makaa masentuneen...more
Sonia Jaidev
Strangely, this is my first Sue Townsend book ever. It is delightfully funny and easy to read. It really made me think about how having all the money and power in the world can still leave one pretty useless when it is taken away, like the royal family does in this situation.
This is a humorous read, easy to pick up and put down - you may not laugh out loud, but you will chuckle and smile. Written in 1992, this story supposes 'what if' the Republican Party in Great Britain won the election and kicked the Royal Family out of their palaces, made them live in council housing, ride the bus, struggle with obtaining their share of the 'dole', National Health, and the criminal justice system. Townsend takes each of the Royal Family members with their personalities as the pu...more
The first book by Sue Townsend that I have read. Will be picking up her other books.
I found this book hilarious. If you want to read about Prince Charles in a shell-suit and the little princes William and Harry speaking like 'Commoners', then give this book a go :)
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Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend was a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She has suffered from diabetes for many years,...more
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