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Jack Sprat is a policeman on the door of Number Ten. When the Prime Minister decides that the only way to get closer to the people on the street is to travel around the country incognito, he enlists Jack's help. For the first time in years, the PM experiences everything his country has to offer.
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A wickedly entertaining and passionate swipe at New Labour (The Times)
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)
A delight. Genuinely funny . . . compassion shines through the unashamedly ironic social commentary (Guardian)
Sue Townsend was born in Leicester in 1946. Despite not learning to read until the age of eight, leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications and having three children by the time she was in her mid-twenties, she always found time to read widely. She also wrote secretly for twenty years. After joining a writers' group at The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, she won a Thames Television award for her first play, Womberang, and became a professional playwright and novelist. After the publication of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue continued to make the nation laugh and prick its conscience. She wrote seven further volumes of Adrian's diaries and five other popular novels - including The Queen and I, Number Ten and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year - and numerous well received plays. Sue passed away in 2014 at the age of sixty-eight. She remains widely regarded as Britain's favourite comic writer.
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