Number 10

Number 10

Book - 2003
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"Townsend has a rare gift & wickedly funny."- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"It's not pretty, it's not subtle, but it's wickedly funny and skewers London's prime-time players."- Columbus Dispatch

Praise for Sue Townsend:

"It's a good thing British subjects are no longer beheaded for treason, or Sue Townsend's head would roll . . . outrageously cutting."- Newsday

"[Townsend] is a national treasure."- The New York Times Book Review

Edward Clare, PM of England, doesn't know the price of a liter of milk. Worse, he's admitted it on national television. The public that ushered him to a landslide election has turned against him.

Edward decides the only way to get closer to the men and women on the street is to travel the country dressed in drag. Leaving his high-powered, ambitious wife to attend to things in his absence, he sets out.

In this comic romp Sue Townsend sends up, roasts, hoists and generally petards the once and future prime ministers as only she can.

Sue Townsend is celebrated as the author of the bestselling

Adrian Mole series, read by millions, as well as the #1 British bestseller, The Queen and I . She lives in Leicester, England.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2003
ISBN: 9781569473498
1569473498
Call Number: F Townsend
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Number ten

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Edward Clare, prime minister of England, has been universally viewed as a perfect leader and representative of the working man until something happens that turns the public against him.


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

The author of Adrian Mole’s diaries launches a full frontal attack on our funny bones again. This time she goes after the current occupant of 10 Downing Street in a fantastical, biting send-up. Things are starting to go wrong in Britain, the Prime Minister is having an identity crisis and we go along for the ride, accompanied by the salt of the earth policeman who stands guard outside the door at Number 10. Read this one as soon as you can - it is so topical it feels like it was written yesterday.

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PearlyKayAm1
May 05, 2014

I was expecting comedy, or at least humour. This stayed in the arena of dismal farce all the way through.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Prime Minister Edward Clare, and his guard Jack Sprat, travel around the country in disguise trying to find out how to make the people of Britain happy.

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