Preston, Peter: Bess.

Preston, Peter - Bess. Viking, 1999. How might the British monarchy end? Not with a whimper - but with one of the biggest bangs in history. ... mixes the unknown future with the all-too-well-known present, as he imagines the final days of the House of Windsor. Bess is a bright and sweet-natured teenager. She is also third in line to the throne. Close to her father, despite his long absences on business, she is enjoying her last days at boarding-school and looking forward to university once the ghastly A-levels have been dealt with. But she is an innocent in the world of politics and double-dealing that engulfs the Court after her uncle the King and all his immediate heirs go up in smoke. The Britain of inexperienced Queen Bess is a fe decades into the twenty-first century. Even the famous partnership of Prime Minister Brown and Chancellor Balls is the musty stuff of exam questions. a not-so-New Labour Government keeps a tight grip on the Crown - and an even tighter one on the profits of Royal Household plc. As the Court truns delirious with intrigue and the newspaper hacks queue at the gate, the Prime Minister finds to his dismay that the aparantly demure puppet of a Queen is not qusite as pliant as he would wish. (Wrapper flap). 9½" x 6", 306pp, deep-purple cloth, hardback. Inscription on front-free endpaper, fine, probably unread, complete with fine, price-cut, wrapper.

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