Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

A Novel

Book - 2012
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An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn--author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books--Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain's Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town--and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England's monarchy.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062208286
Branch Call Number: F Kuhn
Characteristics: 374 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jul 24, 2018

A delightful, funny and entertaining read. The CD book is very well read. I hope that the library will buy more novels by this author.

Aug 21, 2015

An amusing, light-weight read. Although he's an American, Kuhn clearly grasps the increasingly cosmopolitan yet still British character of the UK as well as some of the peculiar aspects of the modern royal household, still clinging to its anachronistic class structures while seeing its perks and privileges get whittled away by cost-conscious governments.
I picked up this book because I had enjoyed "The Uncommon Reader". There are some similarities to be sure, although I found the "Reader" to be more satisfying.

Jul 05, 2014

Mrs Queen Takes the Train. by William Kuhn. A very cute story about Queen Elizabeth who one day decides to take an adventure on her own which causes much worry and chaos within her private circle.

karminaat Jan 28, 2014

Very enjoyable read! This imagined version of such a public person as the Queen makes me think about the hidden depths of all those celebrities that we never see, the little day to day thoughts and failings which make them more human and approachable.
I found the author's style extremely enjoyable to read and engrossing, with all the details clicking seamlessly into place to bring the story to a graceful close without falling for the pittrap of the happily ever after. This is only an episode in the character's lives, and they'll continue to evolve after the story is finished. Overall 5 out of 5!

Nov 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this book - a mix of a true story and some light-hearted fiction.
A good read!

mytwin Oct 10, 2013

My cousin suggested I read this before a trip to Edinbirgh and London.What a funny book ! And it made my adventure more fun when I was in the U.K.Hard to explain that the Queen's wave was used on a wee ferry ride in Scotland,when I was not sure that I had made the right travel choice.

samdog123 Aug 25, 2013

Left with mixed feelings about this book. The droll British humour attempted by the author fell flat most of the time. The book tried to be cute, but often missed the mark and was just silly. The characters didn't really engage me, except for The Queen, and even that wasn't really well done at times. The pictures were really kind of pointless and didn't make sense at all. All in all, an odd little book.

Céline_Biblio Jul 30, 2013

I really liked this book. It is well structured and developped. Contains good character contrasts as well.
At the beginning we are introduced to a Queeen who is a bit depressed, uncomfortable, and unsettled. She - as well as all those involved in searching for the missing Queen - go through an individual journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The novel is punctuated with much humour. Those familiar with the practice of yoga with appreciate the novel's structure, the author having divided his work with yoga pose names highlighting the characters' journeys, from Warrior Two through Savasana.

WVMLStaffPicks May 31, 2013

This fictional Queen Elizabeth closely resembles Alan Bennett’s portrayal of her in The Uncommon Reader—intelligent and well-meaning, she is a whizz at small talk and asking the right questions to draw people out, but not so good at mastering her computer or overcoming self-doubt and depression. Feeling “not quite herself,” she wanders from the palace grounds and decides to cheer herself up by visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. Various members of her staff tag along to ensure her safe and quiet return, satisfactory relationships developing en route. Great fun! True Brit!

hgeng63 Mar 20, 2013

Read this if you're an Anglophile. The backstage bits about The Queen & her servants ring true. Was not convinced by what eventually happened to William, though.

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