The Queen And I Author:Sue Townsend After some 40 years on the throne of England to be rehoused on a council estate in the Midlands comes as something of a shock to the Queen. In fact it is a nightmare. — But when the People's Republican Party achieves an unexpected election victory - thanks to the subliminal brainwashing of the electorate by disaffected television technicians - t... more »heir first act in government is to order the Royal Family to vacate Buckinham Palace and move into Hell Close. As the Aubusson rugs are cut to size and the odd salvaged Titian waits to be mounted on the anaglypta walls, the Royals gird themselves for their new life living next door to the working class.
This compelling scenario ois the starting point for Sue Townsend's wickedly funny and engaging new novel. In the Adrian Mole books she offered a telling series of British life in the eithties. The Queen and I is a brilliantly subversive fiction for the nineties.
Sue Townsend lives in Leicester. She is a many times published author and playwright.« less
This book's tone and feel made me think of the work of Terry Pratchett, with both subtle and absurd observations mixed deftly throughout.
Surprisingly entertaining, well-written, funny and a good "what if" scenario. The cast of characters not only includes the Queen and Phillip, but also Diana and Charles and their children (written prior to her death), Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother...and a loony cast of new neighbors.