The Autobiography of The Queen

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This winsome, if unlikely, account of the Queen's disappearance, recounts the monarch's solo journey to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, to take possession of her recently purchased home in the idyllic-sounding Joli Estate. Here, after more than half a century on the throne, she will recall the years of her reign in peace and tranquility in the guise of her new identity as Gloria Smith.

But the house is no more than a muddy hole in the ground, and the Queen must punt. She is not used to asking for anything, carrying cash, fending for herself, introducing herself, or being ignored. The story of the sovereign's sojourn in her former colony is a funny and touching account of the sometimes contentious and occasionally baffling friendship between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and a scruffy young St.

Lucian, Austin Ford. How this radical change of life and circumstance affects the Queen and how she changes as a result make for a hilarious and moving tale in which her need for her subjects is as marked as their dependence on her staying on the throne.

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May 07, Marianne rated it liked it Shelves: borrowed-copy-returned. When one annus horribilis seems to be following another for Her Majesty, what with kiss-and-tell scandals enveloping the family, the European Union insisting on laws that are unfriendly to the monarchy, the prospect of paying tax and losing land rights, she begin to feel she no longer has a part to play in her Empire. Arrangements are made in secret by a footman, Brno, who is very generously rewarded for his silence, and Mrs Gloria Smith is on her way to St Lucia.

Tennant gives the reader a plot with the potential for plenty of humour; indeed, the Queen is described partaking in many activities foreign to a monarch: packing her own bag; catching a mini-cab; being refused entry to a bar; wearing a T-shirt and flip-flops; serving cocktails; hiding from Palace staff; having the contents of her handbag stolen; and travelling economy class.

In comparison, this novel is less believable, the characters are less appealing, the story is less sympathetic to Her Majesty, it is just not as funny and unfortunately falls rather flat. Apr 26, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: reading-list , fiction. This was a short and sweet, but completely ridiculous and I suspect, instantly forgettable , read, imagining the Queen chucking in her monarchy for the chance to retire to the Caribbean.

It was quite enjoyable, and good for a laugh, although I did feel that it dragged a little despite being only pages long and became a bit repetitive after half-way. View 1 comment. Oct 26, Carolyn Harris rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction , royalty.

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Lucia incognito as Mrs. Gloria Smith to write her autobiography. There are a few fun details imagining the Queen flying economy class or checking in at the aiport, in contrast to the formal circumstances of her official overseas tours. Unfortunately, the novel is consistently written in the tone of an outsider curious about and mildly critical of the monarchy rather than the Queen herself.

There is a lot of time devoted to the contents of the Queen's handbag and what the corgis might do if the Queen was not there to walk them on their usual schedule. The references to the Queen's German ancestry and detachment from the day to day lives of regular people sound as though they were written in a critical opinion column about the monarchy rather than how the Queen would muse about her own circumstances. Some of the speculation about the Queen's opinions is dated the novel was published in The plot twist concerning a pretender to the throne ignores the existence of The Royal Marriages Act.

For historical fiction about the Queen, I recommend Mrs. I wanted to like this book. The idea that the Queen might desire to leave behind her royal responsibilities and retire to a tropical paradise is not outside the bounds of reason. We've all had fantasies, now and then, about changing our lives. And it makes sense that the Queen would be clueless about many of the particulars of navigating common life, since much of her life is planned--and the way smoothed--by others.

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However, I found it unbelievable that she would up and leave without greater for I wanted to like this book. However, I found it unbelievable that she would up and leave without greater foresight and better plans in place, even though those plans would have been woefully unrealistic and inadequate. Instead, the Queen is presented as both childlike and doddering. If it weren't for the occasional mentions of other members of the royal family, the Queen's abandoned corgis, and her large purse, the main character could be any elderly woman seemingly in mental decline. It's too easy for the reader to view the Queen the way some of the other characters do, as an apparently dotty old woman whose actions cause feelings of pity and irritation.

The book would have been much improved by a couple of things. First, there's a fair amount of rambling sentence construction and quite a few parenthetical comments. Well-crafted complex sentences are an asset to a work, but some of these tried to cover more territory than one sentence should have to handle. Second--and much more importantly--the characters really needed more depth. Most of the other characters had distinct actions in the plot, but it all fell flat--mainly because there was inadequate context no inner depth or complexity as to why the characters did what they did.

The Queen would have been more believable and a more sympathetic character if we understood her motivations and her inner reasoning. All in all, the characters don't meaningfully connect--with each other or with their own actions--and the Queen doesn't seem enough like her real-world self for the reader to suspend disbelief and invest in the initial excitement and ultimate pitfalls of her impulsive getaway. Oct 17, ReaderSP rated it it was ok.

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