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 55¾), 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.
John Alwyine-Mosely (United Kingdom) (2007/04/05): Number Ten, a very enjoyable book, 19 Feb 2005 Reviewer: Jason Key I had never read and enjoyed a book before this one, I thought books were boring and a waste of time. This book has totally overturned my view. The basic storyline is that the prime minister of England believes he has lost touch with the general public. He has recently received a lot of criticism from journalists, the paper and the average person. His wife with her very Controversial personality has also been in the paper with her very notorious comments, e.g. 'moles should be buried in a ceremony because they were part of a human's body.' the prime minister decides that he and a policeman he got to due to the policeman's shifts on the door of number ten. They take a one-week trip around Britain, in disguise, to find the views of the average brit. He turns out dreading the thought of going back to number ten and queries whether to quit his role of the leader of Britain. You can find out whether he quits or not by reading the book.