Number Ten

Number Ten

Book - 2003
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Number Ten is the brilliantly funny novel by Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole series. Behind the doors of the most famous address in the country, all is not well. Edward Clare was voted into Number Ten after a landslide election victory. But a few years later and it is all going wrong. The love of the people is gone. The nation is turning against him. Panicking, Prime Minister Clare enlists the help of Jack Sprat, the policeman on the door of No 10, and sets out to discover what the country really thinks of him. In disguise, they venture into the great unknown: the mean streets of Great Britain. And for the first time in years, the Prime Minister experiences everything life in this country has to offer - an English cream tea, the kindness of strangers, waiting for trains that never come and treatment in a hospital - and at last he remembers some of things he once really cared about . . . Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades. 'Wickedly entertaining. There is a gem on nearly every page. Nothing escapes Townsend's withering pen. Satirical, witty, observant ... a clever book' Observer 'Poignant, hilarious, heart-rending, devastating' New Statesman 'Hilarious. Sue Townsend's laughter is infectious' John Mortimer, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55¾), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.
Publisher: London : Penguin, c2003
ISBN: 9780140279412
0140279415
Branch Call Number: TOW
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,20 cm

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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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