epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Book Review: The Queen & I

The Queen & I by Sue Townsend

The creator of Adrian Mole gives us this take on the British Royal family. Originally published in 1992 (which is why the Queen Mother, Diana and Margaret feature) it see a Republican party win the General Election and disband the monarchy. So the Royal family (or some of them at any rate) are sent off to live in council houses on a run down vile housing estate.

So now the pampered royals have to learn how to be poor and deal with their vastly changed circumstances. This is a hilarious, laugh out loud novel. Sure it has a serious side with themes about dignity, depression and poverty. But it's still a hysterical read, even if Sarah Ferguson's whereabouts are never explained in the novel.
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