Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Although Mrs. Queen Takes
the Train won't be published until October, it's one to put on your
list if you enjoy rye humor and frequent chuckles. The book is
light-hearted, and yet, it makes you pause to consider just what the
private life of Queen Elizabeth may be like.
Elizabeth has now served sixty years as Great Britain's Queen. Wouldn't
you suspect she may just want a little personal adventure of her
own...adventure that only she has planned and that no one else knows
about? In this warm-hearted novel, Queen Elizabeth is trying to figure
out how to use her computer. She has had many lessons, but can't always
remember what to do(sound familiar?). She is a bit depressed about
this, and to ease her frustration, casually wanders out of her rooms to
visit her favorite horse in the royal mews (a horse named Elizabeth.
What else!). Along the way, the reader meets her very caring staff,
from ladies-in-waiting, personal butlers, to the groom; which truly
makes one wonder about personal lives in the service of a Queen. How
she manages to get on the train to Scotland all by herself is for you,
the reader, to find out. It's a jolly train ride!

— Karen L.


An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie:  Her Autobiography in BooksMrs 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.

About the Author

William Kuhn is a biographer and historian, and the author of Reading Jackie, Democratic Royalism, Henry & Mary Ponsonby, and The Politics of Pleasure. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. This is his first novel. His next book, a work of historical fiction, explores the friendship over nearly forty years of Isabella Stewart Gardner and John Singer Sargent.

Praise For…

“You’ll come away thinking Her Majesty, at least this fictional one, charming, caring, thoughtful and brave. . . . A delightful escape. We can only hope there are more train rides in Her Majesty’s future.”
— USA Today

“[A] charmer of a first novel. . . . This Elizabeth is delightful, slyly funny company. You’ll never look at the real one the same way again.”
— People (3 ½ stars)

“Poignant and sweet, MRS QUEEN TAKES THE TRAIN is a comic study of the British class system, an unusual testament to the possibilities of friendship outside normal comfort zones and an affirmation of the humanity within all of us.”
— Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A delightful read, a bit of fiction (the train journey) set into nonfiction (everything else), and a sly look at how the monarchy is changing along with—or maybe two beats behind—the rest of Britain.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A witty, contemporary story of the Downton Abbey-esque tensions between servants and employers, the young and the old, and tradition and modernity.”

“This book is the perfect cup of tea for the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Give it to lovers of all things British. It’s also a good bet for fans of Alexander McCall Smith.”
— Booklist

“Kuhn explores not only the queen’s inner life, but the Downtown Abbey style-tensions between servants and royals, the old guard and the new. . . . Royal watchers and students of class alike will enjoy this smart. . . tale.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Kuhn’s first novel ought to find an avid readership among the filmgoers who flocked to The King’s Speech and The Queen. . . . An affectionate, sympathetic but also unstinting look at the woman inside the sovereign.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062208286
ISBN-10: 0062208284
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: October 16th, 2012
Pages: 384
Language: English

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