Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
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...the novel is both charming and touching, with a somewhat belabored ending.
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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 William Kuhn

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William Kuhn is a biographer, historian, and the author, most recently, of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books, an account of the editorial life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He has written three previous books: Democratic Royalism; Henry and Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria; and The Politics of Pleasure: A Portrait of Benjamin Disraeli. Most recently Kuhn has been professor of history at Carthage College and he has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Published October 16, 2012 by Harper. 389 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Oct 16 2012

...the novel is both charming and touching, with a somewhat belabored ending.

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