William Kuhn’s debut novel, Mrs
Queen Takes the Train, is now in paperback! An IndieNext pick in hardcover, the
story of Queen Elizabeth’s escape from the palace is a charmer, and what Booklist
calls “the perfect cup of tea.” From the cast of characters (People
magazine says, “This Elizabeth is delightful, slyly funny company”) to the
Upstairs/Downstairs drama inside Buckingham’s gates, this is a delightful
adventure you won’t want to miss.
After decades of service and
years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's
Queen is beginning to feel her age. An unexpected opportunity offers her
relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories—the former
royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a
skull-emblazoned hoodie, the limber Elizabeth (thank goodness for yoga) walks
out of Buckingham Palace and heads for King's Cross to catch a train to
Scotland. But a colorful cast of royal attendants has discovered her missing.
In uneasy alliance a lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the
stables, a dresser, and a clerk from the shop that supplies Her Majesty's
cheese set out to bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.
Comic and poignant, fast-paced
and clever, Mrs Queen Takes the Train
tweaks the pomp of the
the human heart of the woman at its center.
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