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By Sue Townsend.

I loved her Adrian Mole books. Queen Camilla didn't make me laugh despite interesting premises: a Republican governement is elected, they put an end to the monarchy and exile the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family to an "exclusion zone", a sort of controlled area where ex-cons and other undesirable elements are contained.

I probably missed most of the comic elements because I'm not British so lots of tongue-in-cheek jokes must've escaped me. Having Royals speak and act like the working class probably falls into that category.

The dystopian elements are not that subtle and mostly failed to convince me. Compulsory ID cards as a sign of the impending Apocalypse comes to mind. The book could also have done with less in-text references to Orwell, but perhaps that's just me. I believe fiction shouldn't explicitely reference other books like others recite their Credo.

Besides, I'd have voted for the Cromwellians because I don't like dogs either.

And then again, it's the kind of book that you intend to put away for a while, but the characters keep chatting in a part of your brain and before you know it, it's the book you automatically pick up again at the first opportunity.
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