“Do Let’s Have Another Drink: The Singular Wit and Double Measures of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother” recounts the life of The Queen Mother in 101 anecdotes and short stories, one for every year of her life, a life which began during the reign of Queen Victoria, spanned the two World Wars and continued over the turn of the new millennium.
In the incredibly witty and intelligent use of the English language which we can reliably expect from the author, Gareth retells a range of stories from the funny to the heartbreaking and introduces us to elements of The Queen Mother and the events which happened around her, hitherto less well known.
If Royal biographies are not generally a genre to which you are drawn, I implore you to begin with this one. Gareth Russell has selected, researched, and skilfully retold stories spanning the 10 decades of The Queen Mother’s life, giving insight not just into her life and personality but the world which she lived in. It serves as a history of The Queen Mother’s life, the British Royal family and the events which struck the country, and the World, during the 20th century.
Told in chronological order, each story fascinates and entertains. Alongside accounts of her quick deployment of incredible wit and her ability to drink any squaddie under the table (I don’t know if she ever tried but I wouldn’t fancy his chances), are those of personal tragedy, family breakdown and constant adaptation to a world changing at a pace faster than at any other time in history. The structure of this book allows the reader a casual glance occasionally or to read from cover to cover in one sitting, I anticipate you will find yourself doing the latter.
If you would like to hear the stories which didn’t make it into the book you can listen to the episode of Gareth Russell’s podcast, Single Malt History, published on 15th October 2022, “The Queen Mother: Monarchy, Martinis, Margaret and Mustique.”