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Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Mrs Queen Takes the Train

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Biographer turned author William Kuhn (an anglophile American) has penned this charming, whimsical story of what happens when a long-serving and long-suffering monarch decides to go AWOL. Readable, warm and richly witty, it explores themes of responsibilities, escape and friendship. This will have real appeal for fans of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader.


Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is growing increasingly disenchanted after her decades of public service and years of family scandal. One day, the Queen takes things into her own hands and, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, leaves the palace alone and incognito. An unlikely group of six, including two of the Queen's most trusted household staff members, William and Shirley; one of her loyal ladies in waiting, Lady Anne; an equerry fresh from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Luke; a young equestrienne who minds the horses in the Royal Mews, Rebecca; and Rajiv, an Etonian spending his early 20s behind the counter in an artisanal cheese shop in Mayfair, and moonlighting as a tabloid photographer, are the only ones who know of her disappearance. They vow to find her and bring her back to the palace before MI6 turn her Scottish sojourn into a national crisis. Capturing the faded but enduring glamour and glory of a seemingly old-fashioned institution, and a woman who wonders if she, too, has become outmoded, this is a charming, witty and poignant novel of responsibilities and freedom.


A clever and sharp examination of the social, political and generational rivalries in Britain * Courier Mail *

About the Author

William Kuhn

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 lives in Boston, but spent a year with his family in London when he was eleven, and became an Anglophile as a result. Mrs Queen Takes the Train is his first novel.

Author photo © Gregory Gaymont

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Publication date

1st November 2012


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Allen & Unwin


384 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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