Dear Your Majesty the Queen. I need to speak to you urgently about my brother Luke. He's got cancer and the doctors in Australia are being really slack. If I could borrow your top doctor for a few days I know he/she would fix things up in no time. Of course Mum and Dad would pay his/her fares even if it meant selling the car or getting a loan. Please contact me at the above address urgently.
P.S. This is not a hoax. Ring the above number and Aunty Iris will tell you. Hang up if a man answers.
When it turns out that Colin Mudford's brother has cancer (and not a bad case of gastro from eating Christmas dinner too fast like he originally thought) Colin is shipped off from his little out-back hometown to England, to spend time with his Aunty Iris, Uncle Bob and his hypochondriac cousin Alistair. Colin isn't thrilled with the idea, but since he's there he's has a plan. He's going to talk to the Queen and get her help, or failing that, The Best Doctor in The World. Contacting Her Majesty is a little more difficult than he first thought - however, Colin does
meet Ted, who is also in the middle of losing someone he loves.
This children's book by English-born Australian Morris Gleitzman is one of the funniest, warmest and most thought-provoking books in Australian children's literature, tackling difficult issues with grace and dignity, but without being too weighty or gloomy.
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