Original Title: Gin O’Clock
Year Published: 2011
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of Pages: 320
First Sentence: “Sandringham time’ has officially started.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
IN 2012, THE DIAMOND JUBILEE YEAR, HER MAJESTY’S DIARIES ARE OPENED AT LAST…
‘Had a quick run-through of the opening ceremony. One wanted to call it “The Empire Strikes Back” but it was generally felt that might intimidate the smaller nations.’
Queen of sixteen sovereign nations, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. She’s one of the world’s most well-known and powerful leaders and has reigned for 60 years. But what does she really think?
‘One does enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest. Lovely to be reminded how much more civilized the British are than our European neighbours. Royal Eurovision Fancy Dress Party to celebrate. Unfortunately Camilla misread the invitation as ‘Euro-tunnel Fancy Dress Party’ and came as a train.’
Taking in the momentous events of 2012, including the Jubilee celebrations and preparations for the London Olympics, these diaries reveal the seldom-seen workings of state and reveal how an octogenarian is quietly ruling the world and still has time for a gin.
This book was bloody hilarious. I had been following the twitter account for a laugh before finding out that a book was being released (yes back in 2011). I had it on my Kindle for 4 years though before actually reading it. Don’t ask me why.
It follows actual events but with a layer of parody added on top. It makes for a hilarious read. Especially the fact that in this the Queen is always trying to get her hand on a glass of gin (hence the title).
There are some aspects and references in it that for a non-Brit can be a little confusing or just don’t make any sense at all.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. You don’t even need to know that much about the royal family to enjoy it.