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Townsend, Sue

Entry updated 25 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1946-2014) UK author best known for the nonfantastic Adrian Mole sequence [not listed below]; of sf interest is the Satirical Queen sequence beginning with The Queen and I (1992) [see Checklist for theatrical versions], set in a Near Future republican Britain where the royal family, relocated into a council estate, must learn to cope with real life. The ex-Queen (all characters retain their historical names) does well; the ex-prince Philip does not. In the end – perhaps to avoid lèse majesté – the queen awakens from a nightmare, to find nothing had happened; however, in the sequel, Queen Camilla (2006), the tale is continued, with some inconsistencies. Ex-Queen Elizabeth continues to survive in a republican Britain which has been annexed by America; her children do rather less well. In the end, the "New Cons" win the general election, and the monarchy is restored. [JC]

Susan Lillian Townsend

born Leicester, Leicestershire: 2 April 1946

died Leicester, Leicestershire: 10 April 2014

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