For fans of The Crown and Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, a deliciously entertaining collection of 101 fascinating and funny anecdotes about Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—one for each year of her life.
During her lifetime, the Queen Mother was as famous for her clever quips, pointed observations, and dry-as-a-martini delivery style as she was for being a beloved royal. Now, Do Let’s Have Another Drink recounts 101 (one for each year of her remarkable life) amusing and astonishing vignettes from across her long life, including her coming of age during World War I, the abdication of her brother-in-law and her unexpected ascendance to the throne, and her half century of widowhood as her daughter reigned over the United Kingdom. Featuring new revelations and colorful anecdotes about the woman Cecil Beaton, the high society photographer, once summarized as “a marshmallow made on a welding machine,” Do Let’s Have Another Drink is a delightful celebration of one of the most consistently popular members of the royal family.
Educated at Oxford University and Queen’s University, Belfast, Gareth Russell is a historian, novelist, and playwright. He is the author of nine books, including The Palace, The Ship of Dreams, Young and Damned and Fair, The Emperors, and Do Let’s Have Another Drink. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“My favourite book of the season…a brief and highly selective biography of the QM…concentrating on good stories at the expense of all the guff …You know you want this book, and I know you want it, and if you’re very good Father Christmas might bring it for you” The Spectator
"[A] little bit of gin-soaked nostalgia.... Royalists, especially fans of the Edwardians, will be enthralled." --Booklist
"Historian Russell balances titilating gossip and heartfelt poignancy in this sparkling snapshot of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon....Russell interweaves brisk and informative history with royal family intrigue. Fans of The Crown will lap this up." --Publishers Weekly
“A warm and funny picture of a remarkable woman … Russell’s “skimming stone” biography has managed to capture both the laughter and the wisdom - I raise a glass to him.” - The Daily Telegraph
“Affectionate, scholarly, and side-splittingly funny. I couldn’t put it down.” —Adrian Tinniswood, author of The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House, 1918 - 1939
“Utterly captivating. Skilfully weaving together insightful anecdotes, witty asides and impeccably-researched historical details, this wonderful book achieves something that none of the conventional biographies has quite managed: to humanise the Queen Mother.” —Tracy Borman, author of Crown and Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II
“Gareth Russell writes about the Queen Mother and her world of aristos and etiquette with great verve and clarity. His deep research is lightly worn in sentences of wonderful prose, telling stories that are hilarious and moving by turns. Immensely enjoyable.” —Suzannah Lipscomb, author of A Journey through Tudor England
“With this snapshot, drink-infused biography, Gareth Russell has found an utterly compelling way to tell a life story - and what a life! … Guaranteed to raise the spirits of anyone lucky enough to read it.” —Anne Sebba, author of That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
“It’s the Queen Mother like you’ve never read before. Human, humorous, and - hammered.” —Kinsey Schofield, host of To Di For Daily and author of R is for Revenge Dress: A Princess Diana–Inspired Alphabet Book for Grown-Ups