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Summary

For the past 13 years, as England became an increasingly unhappy and fearful place, Prince Charles has been living quietly on a bleak council estate with his wife and love of his life, Camilla. He enjoys gardening and poultry keeping while Camilla spends her days doing as little as possible. But life is about to change.

Charles refuses to follow his destiny unless his wife can be Queen, and public opinion suggests the people would rather have Jordan than Camilla on the throne. But no sooner has Prince William offered himself as the next monarch than one Graham Cracknall of Ruislip emerges, claiming to be Charles and Camilla's secret love child, and therefore the rightful heir to the crown.

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©2006 Sue Townsend (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.

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Enjoyable

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 these 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.

I could barely stop listening.

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Entertaining, but a bit savage

There are many funny scenes and moments in this book read with great gusto by Patricia Gallimore. Listeners to the Archers (she's Pat Archer) will be surprised to hear her having to swear like a trooper throughout the reading! The story is rather like a light-hearted combination of Orwell's 1984 crossed with a touch of Animal Farm. I enjoyed the story but have misgivings about the cruelty of some of the satire directed at the Royal family. I'm no Royalist, far from it, but while the lampooned politicians in the book are fictitious, the Royals are real people who can't answer back. I particularly disliked the depiction of Prince Phillip as an incontinent and demented inmate of a care home.

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Reader put me off

Great book - couldn’t finish as the reader was so annoying it made me cringe. Truly annoying

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Mildly amusing

Voices were over the top and irritating. I struggled with this book. I have listened to it twice, it's mildly amusing. Not sure I could recommend it.

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Worth it just for the narration.

The narration is fantastic. Just stick with the plot as it drags on but has much of Sue’s observations and humour to accompany what I class as her hardest book to read. I never liked the book but surprisingly it is rescued by the narration. This is what Audible is about, turns the book into a 4 star instead of a one star.

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Disappointing

I held off buying this book for years because I do love The Queen and I, I wish I'd held off completely. The book is ok but in comparison to it's predecessor, the book is slow and doesn't seem to grasp the characters in quite the same way. I really didn't like the characters of Graham or Boy, although Boy could have been so much more dynamic than he was. Re Graham, I just don't see what this character added to the narrative or flow of the book. There were far fewer laugh out loud moments with this than there was with TQAI, and poor development of younger characters like William and Harry. Overall, for me, this is the worst Sue Townsend book I've ever read.

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ROYAL RUBBISH

Off with their heads and save paper. A lot of utter nonsense not my idea of a Republic. Guess my Scottish sense of humour prefers something more gutsy.

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strange how art imitates life

if you enjoyed The Queen and I you'll love this. especially William and Harry, not to mention Susan and Harris

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Narration good but story irritating. Loved the dogs and their characters but found it hard to keep track of the rather short chapters which seemed to jump about a bit. Not nearly as good or as funny as The Queen and I.

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Queen Camila

very entertaining. good book to listen to when your mind needs a brake. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • 28-05-08

move over Jeeves

If you like British literary comedy or campy dystopia satire, this is worth a try. It took an hour of play for me to warm to the novel and even longer to tolerate the talking dogs, but in the end I really enjoyed ths listen, canine characters included. The novel even softened my socialist distaste for the Monarchy.

If situations like "The Chancellor wondered if he had enough energy to stage a coup" in reaction to the "war on dog terror" appeal to you, download this. It's similar in tone to "The Messiah of Morris Avenue" with the Royal Family instead of Jesus.

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