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Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel (edition 2012)

by William Kuhn

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Title:Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel
Authors:William Kuhn
Info:Harper (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:2012 challenge, borrowed book, library book, fiction, England, friendship, monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, travel

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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn


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Extremely enjoyable quick read. Republican or monarchist this is a great little story about so much more than the queen having an existential crisis. Both enjoyable and understandable this is a genuinely good read. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
This book is a fun, fast read. The characters, including The Queen (must get that right!), are well drawn. Each has a personal problem which needs to be solved, and others pitch in to help iron out the problems of their compatriots, often in little ways. Meanwhile the reader has the treat of watching this kind of "keystone kops" set of antics which surrounds The Queen. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Apr 7, 2016 |
The Queen feeling a little down in the dumps, walks to the Mews to see the horses. While there the rain starts and the young woman, Rebecca, who looks after the horses gives the Queen her hoodie to walk back to Buck House. However, workmen not recognizing her, insist she go the long way and the Queen decides she'll go to the cheese shop and get some cheddar. She decides that she wants to go to Scotland to see HMS Britainia, now a tourist attraction. Her equirrey, Lady in Waiting, and personal maid realize she's missing; meanwhile Rebecca and Raji, the cheese shop worker worry about her on her own decide to look after her.

Amusing, fun read though improbable. The ending was a little too pat. ( )
  Kathy89 | Mar 5, 2016 |
At turns laugh out loud funny and incredibly moving, William Kuhn's Mrs. Queen Takes the Train follows the Queen, who has not quite been herself and finding herself outside the palace gates accidentally unattended, decides to take advantage of the situation to go buy some cheese. As more members of the palace staff discover her missing, they decide to try to find her before the prss or public discover that she has gone missing.

This is a ridiculously charming and funny book that took me by surprise on a number of occasions at how touching it is, as well. If you are a fan of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, you will certainly enjoy Mrs. Queen Takes the Train. ( )
  tapestry100 | Feb 28, 2016 |
Thoroughly enjoyable! I think Downton Abbey fans would enjoy this uplifting, feel good read as well. :) ( )
  SkiKatt68 | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Kuhn has pulled off an entertaining ride inside the head of the Queen, enabling us to see her as she really is.

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Several years ago, on a dark afternoon in December, Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich, Duke of Lancaster, Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy sat at her desk, frowning at a computer screen.
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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. 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. When her royal attendants discovers she is missing, they set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.… (more)

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