For many years, Her Majesty the Queen has received a weekly report on the news and issues of the day, known at the Palace as 'The Current Affairs Briefing Document', from one of her senior private secretaries.
She has replied to them in letters which have expressed her private thoughts, and occasionally questions, about what is happening in the world outside.
Now she has decided to allow some of these letters from the last twelve months to appear in the public domain...
They reveal for the first time what she really thinks about attitudes to the Royal Family, about the Prime Ministers she has met, about Helen Mirren, about the great, the good and the mysteriously famous people she meets as she goes about her duties. She shares what it is really like to jump out of a helicopter to open the Olympics, how to deal with a media obsessed with taking pictures of one's grandchildren without their clothes on, or the happy prospect of being a great-grandmother.
About the Author
Terence Blacker is the author of five novels, the most recent of which is The Twyning, and of the acclaimed biography of Willie Donaldson , You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This. He writes a weekly column for the Independent.
He lives in Norfolk with his partner Angela and their dog Ruby.
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I found this book while scrolling through Booktopia's End Of Financial Year Sale, and I'm so glad I found it because it was such a great read. I love the British Monarchy and our lovely Queen, so was was fun to read a book about the royal family and what the Queen (probably) thinks behind closed doors.
The book is a series of letters the Queen has written to Sir Jeremy, her retired private secretary, who sends her a weekly 'bulletin' of news articles that are of interest or amusement for the monarch. The letters span from the opening of the London Olympic games and the Queen jumping from the helicopter with James Bond, to the birth of Prince George. Over that period of time, she airs her thoughts on her family, both past and present, the politicians who have lead the country over the years, the celebrities she meets at various events, her staff and estates, as well as her love for dogs and horses.
Now, I don't know the Queen personally (how awesome would it be if I did though!), so I don't know how she thinks or what she thinks about the world around her on a personal level, but I can totally see her saying, thinking and believing everything within this book. Terence has definitely captured the essence of the Queen within the pages, and on several occasions I was laughing out loud at the comments the Queen had made.
What's great about the book is that you do forget that it's fictional. Sir Jeremy is a fictional man, and the Queen has never written these letters, and yet it really feels like she has. Her thoughts still ring true of the person she is, and yet there is a slight relaxation about it all. Terence has not written anything over the top that would be out of character for her, so you truly believe that these are actual letters and thoughts that the Queen has!
This book is obviously not going to suit everyone, but if you enjoy a bit of royal reading, then this book is right up your alley and I'm sure you'll love reading it and get a laugh out of it. What I would really love to know is what those within the Monarchy think of this book and if it is at all close to what actually goes on in the Queen's head!
As someone who love the British Monarchy and Royal Family, I loved this book and recommend it to everyone and anyone. It's such a quick and fun read that I'm sure will put a smile on your face!
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 8th July 2014
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1