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The Autobiography of the Queen

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Queen Elizabeth has gone AWOL from Balmoral and no one can find her. Where has she gone and why? This winsome, if unlikely, account of the Queen's disappearance, recounts the monarch's solo journey to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, to take possession of her recently purchased home in the idyllic-sounding Joli Estate. Here, after more than half a century on the throne, ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Bliss Books (first published April 1st 2007)
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May 10, 2014 Marianne rated it liked it
The Autobiography of the Queen is the 46th novel by British author, Emma Tennant. When one annus horribilis seems to be following another for Her Majesty, what with kiss-and-tell scandals enveloping the family, the European Union insisting on laws that are unfriendly to the monarchy, the prospect of paying tax and losing land rights, she begin to feel she no longer has a part to play in her Empire. She decides to retire from the stresses and strains of life as the Nation’s Head, move to a house ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
This was a short and sweet, but completely ridiculous (and I suspect, instantly forgettable), read, imagining the Queen chucking in her monarchy for the chance to retire to the Caribbean. It was quite enjoyable, and good for a laugh, although I did feel that it dragged a little (despite being only 217 pages long) and became a bit repetitive after half-way.
I wanted to like this book. The idea that the Queen might desire to leave behind her royal responsibilities and retire to a tropical paradise is not outside the bounds of reason. We've all had fantasies, now and then, about changing our lives. And it makes sense that the Queen would be clueless about many of the particulars of navigating common life, since much of her life is planned--and the way smoothed--by others.

However, I found it unbelievable that she would up and leave without greater for
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Mar 10, 2015 Alexandra Taylor rated it really liked it
The Queen decides it's time e to retire from the throne and move to the Carribean. I came in expecting a fun and quick read and that's what I got. I laughed through most of it and really enjoyed it which is surprising as I don't really like humorous books. It was slightly repetitive but it could have been longer I'd more and different things happened during her time away.
Oct 17, 2012 ReaderSP rated it it was ok
I have never read any books by this author before but I thought that this storyline sounded interesting and a bit different. After reading previous reviews on this page I was quite intrigued by the plot. I have to say that I was hugely disappointed. I felt that the story started out quiet strong and I believed it would carry on in that way but it didn't. The Queen was portrayed as a forgetful old woman who knows nothing about real life and even manages to loose her passport and tickets. The othe ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Graceann rated it it was ok
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It starts off really well, and then gets rather pathetic, I'm sorry to say. The premise is great - the Queen wants to escape and goes AWOL. In this story, however, she is a doddering old fool after a while, and the whole thing fell apart. Oh well. Back to the superb Alan Bennett and Sue Townsend....
Jan 04, 2015 Arzu rated it really liked it
I chuckled a lot when I thought if it happens in real life :)))
Mar 22, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Angela
This book was short - and extremely quick read with 3-4 page chapters. Tennant's prose was difficult for me to follow at times - I don't know if this is due to her writing, or due to my reading as an American (much of it was "proper" long-winded English/British-speak). Premise of the novel was cute, if not far-fetched; a fun little get-away read.
Aug 19, 2009 Victor rated it it was ok
Mrs Tennant imagines how the Queen escapes to St. Lucia, naturally experiencing some unusual situations and meeting unusual people, from her (the Queen's) point of view. An agreeable, but not truly engrossing, gripping or surprising read. The book was a present, I would not have bought it myself.
Angela Kitchen
Jun 15, 2011 Angela Kitchen rated it really liked it
a delightful read with surprisingly little dialog. With wry observations on what it would be like it the Queen decided she had enough and essentially ran away. And getting used to things such as being spoken to without speaking first. Fabulous.
May 30, 2012 May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First Sentence: "On a dull morning in September at her Scottish castle Balmoral, the Queen was packing an overnight bag."

Preposterous. But I suppose its better to be filled with incredulity rather than boredom in a 40 min train ride.
Mar 14, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
A light, wry romp
Jul 14, 2010 Marie rated it liked it
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Very much like The Uncommon Reader in tone and content - the style was pleasant but the presentation seemed a bit awkward and disjointed.

Dec 20, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
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An absolutely fabulous idea for a book, but this one fell flat for me. I wish it could be written again... but better.
Jun 18, 2009 Rick rated it liked it
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A rather bitty and sporadically amusing tale of a royal retirement gone wrong.
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Since the early 1970s, when she was in her mid-thirties, Emma Tennant has been a prolific novelist and has established herself as one of the leading British exponents of "new fiction." This does not mean that she is an imitator of either the French nouveaux romanciers or the American post-modernists, although her work reveals an indebtedness to the methods and preoccupations of some of the latter. ...more
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