Author: Terence Blacker
Publisher: Headline Books
Released: 1 January 2014
Her Majesty has written a letter to her most trusted private secretary, Sir Jeremy, every week for several years. For the first time, she has allowed these letters to be published. Honest, charming, and hilarious, they show what she has really been thinkings: about her mischievous grandson Harry, her beloved baby great-grandson George, Dame Helen Mirren, the ladies and gentlemen of the press, and the various politicians she has known over the years.
Yours E.R. offers a glimpse into what life might be like for our Queen - and what, in her private moments, she might make of it all.
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!