Number 10 by Sue Townsend

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“Townsend has a rare gift … wickedly funny.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“It’s not pretty, it’s not subtle, but it’s wickedly funny and skewers London’s prime-time players.”—Columbus Dispatch

Praise for Sue Townsend:

“It’s a good thing British subjects are no longer beheaded for treason, or Sue Townsend’s head would roll . . . outrageously cutting.”—Newsday

“[Townsend] is a national treasure.”—The New York Times Book Review

Edward Clare, PM of England, doesn’t know the price of a liter of milk. Worse, he’s admitted it on national television. The public that ushered him to a landslide election has turned against him.

Edward decides the only way to get closer to the men and women on the street is to travel the country dressed in drag. Leaving his high-powered, ambitious wife to attend to things in his absence, he sets out.

In this comic romp Sue Townsend sends up, roasts, hoists and generally petards the once and future prime ministers as only she can.

Sue Townsend is celebrated as the author of the bestselling

Adrian Mole series, read by millions, as well as the #1 British bestseller, The Queen and I. She lives in Leicester, England.

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About Sue Townsend

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Sue Townsend was born in Leicester on April 2, 1946. She left school at fifteen and started writing immediately, alternatley working for the next two decades, in a factory, a shop and a garage. Her most famous creation, the neurotic diarist Adrian Mole, arrived in 1985 in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4. Since then, 10 million copies have been sold. For twenty years nobody knew that Leicester housewife, Mrs Townsend, was a writer. She joined a writers' group at Leicester's Phoenix Theatre and was soon installed as the Writer in Residence there. Townsend's other books include The Queen and I, Number Ten and Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman. She has diabetes and, as a result, is now blind.
Published November 1, 2004 by Soho Press. 277 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Back to Edward: en route to Edinburgh on a very late and overcrowded train, he/she gets to mingle with real people at last—everyone from a bitchy female entrepreneur glued to a cell phone and trying to sell chicken eyeballs to the Middle East, to struggling inhabitants of council housing, out-of-...

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The Guardian

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Number Ten by Sue Townsend Michael Joseph £15.99, pp323 A Prime Minister, Edward Clare, decides to find out what Britain is really like by travelling around the country disguised as a woman called Edwina, accompanied by the policeman who normally stands outside the door of Number 10.

Nov 10 2002 | Read Full Review of Number 10

Publishers Weekly

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(It's reasoned that his wife's clothes, and later his own enthusiastically chosen ensembles, will allow Edward to remain incognito.) Edward and Jack visit the grave of Edward's mother, and they endure the pain and humiliation of public transportation before hiring a Pakistani cabdriver, who takes...

Oct 06 2003 | Read Full Review of Number 10

He also turns out to be even more adept at media management than Alexander McPherson - a thinly disguised Alastair Campbell - whisking his mother, along with his sister, off abroad in case they leak what the PM has been up to.

Nov 24 2002 | Read Full Review of Number 10

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