Mrs Queen Takes The Train: A Novel by William KuhnMrs Queen Takes The Train: A Novel by William Kuhn

Mrs Queen Takes The Train: A Novel

byWilliam Kuhn

Paperback | October 8, 2013

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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.
William Kuhn is a biographer and historian, and the author ofReading Jackie,Democratic Royalism,Henry & Mary Ponsonby, andThe 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...
Title:Mrs Queen Takes The Train: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062208292

ISBN - 13:9780062208293

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just Okay Unfortunately, this book was only okay for me. I really wanted to love it. It had its good moments. I was interested in only some of the sub-plots that were happening. I felt for me it bounced around a lot and sometimes it I had a hard time following. Overall though it was an easy read. I'm not saying "don't read it". Again, it had its good moments, but at times for me personally it was just okay.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very sweet read! I loved this book. Very quirky and charming. A fictional Queen Elizabeth takes off on a little adventure without people knowing who she is. The premise is interesting and the author has some gentle fun with it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book is clever, quirky and fun. I received it as a Christmas gift and just loved it. Kuhn has a great writing style - very refreshing, as the previous reviewer said. I've always been interested in the monarchy but this (completely fictional) book puts the Queen in a totally new light! Even though it's all made up, Kuhn makes the reader see a "real person" in Queen Elizabeth. This is a great book to read along with a cup of tea at a coffee house or curled up at home. Loved it! I can't wait for Kuhn to put out another fictional book and I highly recommend giving this one a go!
Date published: 2014-01-03

Editorial Reviews

“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.”