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 55), 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.
Someone has started a bit of a book crossing thing in one of the rooms at work. I found this - I've never seen it anywhere else.
A short story is that thing's are not going well, so the Prime Minister takes a short break and goes undercover travelling around the country in cognito accompanied by a policeman.
Very obvious parody of New Labour - possibly a bit too obvious, but still a good fun read with some very funny bits in it (the MI5 guys listening in). It was also surprisingly affectionate. The prime minister wasn't completely loathsome - I think the point was slightly that you'd have to be a bit mad to want to run a country.
I was slightly disappointed with the ending on first reading, but like a couple of other books I've read this year, it seemed better after it had sunk in for a few hours.