160 South Street
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 p.m.- 8:00p.m.
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is the delightful debut novel by author William Kuhn that goes beneath the rigid formality of the British monarchy to reveal the human heart of the woman at its center. It offers a fresh perspective of the British social, political, and generational rivalries between servants, royals, the monarchy, and the government.
In the novel, Queen Elizabeth decides she needs a proper cheering up. An impromptu visit to the place that holds her happiest memories- the former royal yacht, Britannia, moored near Edinburgh, Scotland is just the cure she needs. Disguised beneath a skull-emblazoned hoodie, Elizabeth strolls out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day to catch the train to Scotland at King’s Cross. When a colorful cast of royal attendants discover she is missing, they set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.
William Kuhn is a biographer, historian and author. His most recent biography, Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books, was a featured selection of The Book of the Month Club, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, and The Quality Paperback Book Club. William is also the author of Democratic Royalism: The Transformation of the British Monarchy, 1861- 1914, Henry and Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria, and the Politics of Pleasure: A Portrait of Benjamin Disraeli. His website is www.williamkuhn.com.
A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for signing and purchase. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs. This program is generously sponsored by Union Savings Bank.