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by Sue Townsend

eBook Number 10: a novel download ISBN: 1569473757
Author: Sue Townsend
Publisher: Soho Press (November 1, 2004)
Language: English
Pages: 277
ePub: 1673 kb
Fb2: 1760 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Number Ten. 2002, EN. Jack Spratt is a policeman on the door of Number Ten. When the Prime Minister decides that the only way to get closer to the men and women on the street is to travel around the country incognito and find out what they really think, he enlists Jack’s help. Leaving his high-powered, ambitious wife to hold the fort, he and Jack set out.

I love Sue Townsend's kindly wit and saucy humour. Whilst this isn't her funniest novel, it still made me laugh.

Edward Clare, PM of England, doesn’t know the price of a liter of milk. I love Sue Townsend's kindly wit and saucy humour.

by Sue Townsend (Author). Nothing escapes Townsend's withering pen. Satirical, witty, observant. a clever book (Observer). Poignant, hilarious, heart-rending, devastating (New Statesman). See all Product description.

Number Ten is a 2002 novel by Sue Townsend, about the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Edward Clare) attempting to take an incognito holiday with his bodyguard.

It is frequently satirical of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, his family and his Cabinet.

Townsend Sue. Number Ten. 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. At the time of writing the first Mole book, Sue Townsend was living on the Saffron Lane Estate, a stone's-throw away from the house in which gay playwright Joe Orton was brought up. Awards.

Susan Lillian Townsend, FRSL (née Johnstone, 2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014), was an English writer and humorist whose work encompasses novels, plays and works of journalism. She was best known for creating the character Adrian Mole. After writing in secret from the age of 14, Townsend first became known for her plays, her signature character first appearing in a radio drama, but her work soon expanded into other forms.

Sue Townsend is celebrated as the author of the bestselling Adrian Mole series of books, read by millions around the world, as well as the bestseller, The Queen and I. She is also a print and television journalist.

In the newest political farce from Townsend (Adrian Mole), Prime Minister Edward Clare finds himself detached from the concerns of his voting public, so he dresses in drag and ventures into the. Sue Townsend is celebrated as the author of the bestselling Adrian Mole series of books, read by millions around the world, as well as the bestseller, The Queen and I. She lives in Leicester, England.

Sue Townsend, who has died aged 68 after suffering from a stroke, was one of Britain’s most celebrated comic .

Sue Townsend, who has died aged 68 after suffering from a stroke, was one of Britain’s most celebrated comic writers: novelist, playwright and journalist. Adrian’s career has extended to radio and television adaptations and he has been a smash hit in the West End.

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Number Ten Townsend Sue Penguin Books Ltd 9780241958384 Таунсенд. Номер 10 Таунсенд Сью: Edward Clare was voted into number ten after a landslide election victory. Number Ten, Townsend Sue.

Number Ten is the brilliantly funny political satire by Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole series Behind the doors. With the purchase of Kobo VIP Membership, you're getting 10% off and 2x Kobo Super Points on eligible items. Your Shopping Cart is empty. There are currently no items in your Shopping Cart.

“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.
Comments: (7)
Not for the first time my enjoyment of a kindle book has been impaired by a poor and careless typescript
pt, in particular the lazy use of constant spacing between every paragraph some of which are concerned with different people or places than the adjoining paragraph
I enjoyed this Townsend. It was humorous throughout, and even as an American I think I was able to get all the jokes. The ending was rather abrupt and not memorable, compared with the rest of the book.
Although I liked other books by Townsend better, this one was fun, easy to read and thought-provoking.
not one of S Townsend best. Subjects not real enough, even for fiction, but a funny English attraction, interesting read.
This book tells about Edward Clare and Jack Sprat, beginning with their childhood days. Edward’s mother dies when he’s only a boy. Jack Sprat comes from an extremely poor and disreputable family.

Edward becomes Prime Minister while Jack Sprat becomes a constable who works at 10. Downing Street, guarding him.

Edward’s wife, Adele, is highly intelligent and easily recognizable by her extraordinarily large nose. Edward is captivated by Adele’s “magnificent” nose. Unfortunately, she hears voices, on which psychotropic drugs have no effect.

Jack’s father and step-father were criminal and his brother Stuart had died of drugs.

Edward, as P.M., lives an upper-class life, while Jack’s Mum lives in a mess and neglects the poor budgie, Pete. Jack engages a young man, James, to take care of his mother and clean the house.

Edward decides he needs a break and he and Jack go off together to “see Britain in a week”, travelling by public transport. Jack acts as Edward’s escort. Since Edward’s face is so recognizable, he dresses as a woman, borrowing his wife Adele’s clothes and her wig; he is now Edwina. Edward applies “Pan stik”, whatever that is, lipstick and eye make-up to his face, so even Adele would not have recognized him.

We shift between following Edward and Jack on their tour of Britain, and Jack’s Mum, Norma, and her home help, James. Norma and James are now smoking marijuana, and James is flipping out.

Jack was so bright and precocious that when he was a child Norma couldn’t understand a word of the conversation between him and his brainy friends. She sometimes wondered if Jack was “quite right in the head”.

The PM buys a Marilyn Monroe wig and becomes a dishy blonde, though his disguise is not as convincing when the bristles on his face begin to appear.

Meanwhile, at home Adele stops taking her medicine. A man called Barry’s leg is being amputated and she is preoccupied with seeing to it that it gets an appropriate funeral. She also believes that warts are “holy” and should be accorded the same respect.

On his trip the PM gets to talk with the common people and sees the deplorable state the nation is in. At one point Edward has cause to be admitted to the casualty department of a hospital suspected of having a heart attack (with alarming symptoms he often has). There he gets the chance to see how ordinary Brits having acute health crises are treated. They need a trolley for Edward but none of the staff can find one, but Jack dons a white coat and soon finds two.

During the trip Edward visits Edinburgh, where he lived as a child, visits his sister and makes new discoveries about himself and who his real father is. Things are happening at Ten Downing Street too.

At one point Edward and Jack visit Jack’s Mum, Norma, and James.

“James said, ‘Where were you educated?’

‘At Cambridge,’ said the Prime Minister, lowering his eyes modestly.

‘Well, it ain’t done you much good, has it?’ said James. ‘Look at the state you’re in. You ain’t a man, you ain’t a woman, you ain’t no class, what are you?

The Prime Minister adjusted his wig and ran a hand over his bristly chin.’”

Like Sue Townsend’s other works, this is a hilarious book, critically appraising the British and their country. I didn’t quite understand the point of the ending – perhaps it meant that freedom is dangerous.
A disclaimer, to start: I'm American and not so well-versed in British political architecture. Consequently a significant portion of the related humor and nuances were probably lost on me. But as I *am* an Anglophile, I did catch much of the brilliance reflected in the societal mirror which is Townsend's novel.

A random passage involving two of the main and opposing characters illustrates her hilarious wit and her capacity for putting her finger on the pulse of Britain's societal chasm:

*The Prime Minister, unnerved by James's rant from the other room, tried to remember how one spoke to a genuine, old-style working-class person. What were the key points? Ferrets? Bingo?*

This silly, laugh-out-loud satire makes fun of politicians (no party is safe, though I particularly detected jabs at the left) as well as both the 'prole' and upper classes -- the moral of the story being that the dividing lines are only fuzzy and fragile ones. She has Ali the Pakistani cab driver down to a 'T' and her ability to bring all the characters to life is excellent overall. I especially enjoyed the Norma and James diad -- Norma being constable Jack's 'mam' and James her live-in crackhead toy boy. I did find Townsend's introduction of new characters sometimes slightly difficult to follow (until she'd clear it up, say, in the next page or paragraph). And I did find the Barry's Leg 'bit' a bit ridiculous, even for a farce! Good fun though, this read -- as a farce should be. Although constable Jack Sprat wouldn't think so (considering 'fun' to be more of a Richard Branson pasttime).

Having said this, I'd probably give this novel a five (or at least a four and a half) if I were a Brit. I think the average American could probably more easily follow and relate to the characters in Townsend's The Queen and I, as was the case with me. But this is not Townsend's shortcoming, it is mine.

Nonetheless I enjoyed Number 10 and found its ending brilliant, ironic and symbolic -- also satisfying... and not unlike the resolution in The Queen and I. Furthermore, I enjoyed the author's use of poor Peter the budgie as a device: a minor, minor character with deep meaning in this farce.

Nearly a ten, this book!