The Queen and I (The Queen and I #1)
The Queen and her family are deposed by a new Republican Government and allocated housing on a Leicester Council Estate. The Queen's husband takes his redundancy badly, her beautiful daughter-in-law copes bravely with the problems of bringing up two young lads alone in difficult circumstances while her sister reaches an understanding with criminal elements on the estate. T...more
Essentially the book is about what would happen if a Marxist government took over and tossed the Queen and h...more
This was a very quick and easy book to read. The story unfolds at a good pace and the humor,...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
So it's also a little slice of history. And even though it...more
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
I think I can say for most people that the bes...more
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
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
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 :)
Reading through, there was plenty of detail to create scenarios where you felt you knew exactly how something/someone looked and how someone spoke.
You really felt like you could be a part of the story!
I had a bit of a reading slump, so it took me a while to read, as i regularly put it down then picked back up agai...more
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