9 Jul 2014



SOURCE: Ex-library stock.

THE BOOK {According to the back cover}: What if being Royal was a crime?

The UK has come over all republican. The Royal Family exiled to an Exclusion Zone with the other villains and spongers. And to cap it all, the Queen has threatened to abdicate.

Yet Prince Charles is more interested in root vegetables than reigning ... unless his wife Camilla can be Queen in a newly restored monarchy. But when a scoundrel who claims to be the couple's secret lovechild offers to take the crown off their hands, the stage is set for a right Royal show down.

And the question for Camilla (and rest of the country) must be: Queen of the vegetable patch or Queen of England?

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1}: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, stood smoking a cheap cigarette on the back doorstep of Number Sixteen Hell Close.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 35}: The Queen said, 'Charles blames me and his father for most of the problems he's had in his life. He claims he was neglected, which is terribly unfair. We saw him at least once a day when we were in the country, and his nanny adored him.'

MY THOUGHTS: A big fan of the Adrian Mole books which I read as a teenager, I was bitterly disappointed with Queen Camilla, a follow-up to the 1992 The Queen And I.

Not into talking dogs (or indeed the kicking of them across decking), jokes (I use the term loosely) about the obese, the unemployed? Not clued up on British 'celebrities' such as Stephen Fry or Jeremy Paxman, the current political situation, the in-jokes surrounding the Royal family? Then you probably aren't going to enjoy this novel. 

Set on the Flowers Exclusion Zone (FEZ), a 'sink hole' estate, an open prison in all but name, in which the residents are electronically tagged, their every move recorded, this could have been a humorous social commentary (something the author is renowned for) and yet for me the witticisms were nothing but cheap stereotypical jibes aimed at a society loathed by certain tabloid newspapers.

Loosely plotted and reading more like a over-long comedy skit than a novel, I'm afraid Queen Camilla failed to raise so much as a smile but then humour is very much subjective.

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Melliane said...

the cover is funny but I'm not really sure it's for me I confess...

Kelly said...

I'll admit, at first glance seeing Camilla's name I thought this might be a biography. Not! While the cover and opening line both seem humorous, I know this wouldn't be one for me. Sorry it disappointed you so much.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh sorry it disappointed. Don't think this one would be for me either. Hope the next read is great to make up for it.

Literary Feline said...

From the description it actually sounded like it might be an amusing read, but from your take on it--not so much. My answer to all your questions is a resounding no.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Sorry you didn't enjoy this one more. It doesn't sound like a book for me- but I am sure it is a great book for someone with the same sense of humor as the author. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't keep up with the royals at all. In fact, I was puzzled over the media circus that was the royal birth of William and Kate's child. I understand people are interested, but you'd think it was the biggest thing that ever happened!

Camila Rafaela Felippi said...

I also thought this might be a biography, and with my name :D
I like royals stories. Yesterday I read Robin Hood (in English) and there was something about royal, nomads and poor people.

Brian Joseph said...

Based on most of the elements that you mention I am thinking that this is not a book for me.

I DO however like the idea of a talking dog :)

Alexia561 said...

While I have a fondness for the Royal Family and talking dogs, I don't think this one is for me either. Hope your next read is more to your liking!

Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...