I have read this book before and enjoyed it, but listening to the audiobook with the wonderful narration by Angela Thorne made it even more enjoyable...Show More » I think this is the best of Sue Townsend's books
Okay, so it's Sue Townsend, not Proust or Balzac, but this is a funny and heart-warming imaginary tale.
The story becomes believable in t..Show More »hese times of eroded civil liberties. Maybe a 21st Century Prime Minister could manipulate Parliament to create concentration camps for undesirables and exile the Royal Family. Ms Townsend certainly does make it believable.
The narration does give you the mental image of Prince Charles fretting over the chickens he keeps in the back yard of his council-house garden, so proud of the washing up bowl he bought in the Pound Shop earlier that day. The rest of the Royal Family are similarly brought to life in the setting of a fenced in estate comprising of wife-beaters, benefit-cheats and chavs.
There is a real working-class grit that shows both the love and the ghastliness of council-estate Britain that is accentuated by the contrast between the underclass and the Royals that are forced to share their existence.
The story is engaging, sad, cheery, depressing and totally believeable in the same way as Orwell's 1984.