Item description for The Autobiography of the Queen by Emma Tennant...
QueenElizabeth has goneAWOL from Balmoral and no one can find her. Where has she gone and why? This winsome, if unlikely, account of the Queen's disappearance, recountsthe monarch'ssolojourneyto the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, to take possession of herrecently purchased homein theidyllic-sounding JoliEstate. Here, after more than half a century on the throne, she will recall the years of her reign in peace and tranquility,inthe guise of her new identity as Gloria Smith. But the house is no more than a muddyhole 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. Thestory 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 thisradicalchange of life and circumstance affects theQueen---and how she changes as a result---makefora 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Arcadia Books
ISBN 1905147880 ISBN13 9781905147885
Availability 0 units.
More About Emma Tennant
Emma Tennant was born in London and spent her childhood in Scotland. Her previous novels include The Bad Sister, Faustine, and Pemberley. She has three grown children and lives in London.
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Whimsy Jun 28, 2008
This is a quick, amusing read that's just the thing to read in between heavier works. The Queen decides that she's had enough of being on duty for her entire lifetime and is equally sick of the scandals and ructions caused by her own troublesome children and cranky husband, so flies first class to one of the Virgin Islands where she's made a down payment on a soon to be built villa. Calling herself Mrs.Gloria Smith, she has no luggage with her as her luggage has always previously been transported to wherever she goes and she somehow assumes that things will just keep happening as before. Playing the role of an ordinary person, she is amazed at the lack of courtesy from people who should know better and the effort required by ordinary mortals, just to live from day to day. She somehow manages to serenely sail through a few days, relying on the kindness of strangers to make things happen. It's a strangely moving little book and I'm not sure that HM would perceive herself as quite as inept and other worldly as Mrs.Gloria Smith.