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Number Ten by Sue Townsend
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Number Ten (2002)

by Sue Townsend

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This is a totally different original book.
Edward Clare the new Labour Prime minister of the UK is down in the polls he has lost touch with the common man he is meant to represent.
So with the assistance of a Police man called Jack he goes on a secret whirlwind tour of the country, so no one recognises him he dresses as a woman.
This way he gets to see exactly what the normal people think of him and his policies. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Jun 7, 2016 |
A quirky and unusual novel about an unloved British Prime Minister who decides to dress in drag and tour the country to get an idea of the realities the common man faces.

It's a weird storyline full of weird characters, odd situations and strange sub plots but somehow it all works and is quite an interesting book (maybe because it is so weird), unfortunately the overall enjoyment is somewhat tarnished by the rather abrupt ending. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Mar 5, 2016 |
Amusing read, but I guess it's much more fun when you're actually British. :-) ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
Such a bleak, funny look at Britain 2001. ( )
  annejacinta | Apr 27, 2014 |
great, so funny ( )
  lallycow | Feb 11, 2013 |
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"Jack Sprat could eat no fat, His wife could eat no lean, And so between them both, you see, They licked the platter clean." John Clarke, Paroemiologia Anglo-Latina (1639)
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To Colin, with my love and thanks
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Edward Clare was cleaning his teeth in the cavernous bathroom in Number Five Ann Street, Edinburgh.
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Satire on 'Blair's Britain' by Sue Townsend, the fiercly left wing creator of Adrian Mole.
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Prime Minister Edward Clare and his wife Adele Floret-Clare live at Number 10 Downing Street. PC Jack Sprat is the policeman who stands outside the door. Five years ago, Edward Clare was voted into Number 10 after a landslide election result. But now, things are starting to go wrong. The love has gone. The people are turning. In short, it's a very real problem. Edward worries about this. Has he accomplished anything? All he wants is for the people of Clare's Britain to like him, and for them to be happy. How can he find out what they really think?… (more)

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