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Gin O’Clock

Gin O’Clock: @Queen_UK, 4—7 June, 2012.

My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊

Spawned from the Twitter feed of @Queen_UK, Gin O’Clock is an imagining of Her Majesty The Queen’s diaries for December 2010—November 2011 and covers off many of the real-life events through her eyes.

The book draws on many of the existing caricatures of the Royal Family and prominent politicians in the UK and abroad. Nothing very original, but at least it’s easy for the reader to recognise the relevant figures and the characteristics. There’s a number of running gags that become quite funny in their own right, deployed just frequently enough without becoming tiresome.

The mood and spirit of Britain in 2011 is captured well, and there is a great mix of coverage. Notable events including the Arab Spring, the Royal Wedding, the ongoing recession and the phone hacking scandal are effortlessly placed alongside minor political wrangling, the Coronation Street tram crash and Richard Madeley’s stint on Radio 2. It captures incidentals that would otherwise have been forgotten. Some of the funniest material comes from Cheryl Cole’s X Factor US stint and Prince Harry’s fixation with Pippa Middleton’s bottom.

The writing is sharp and witty, though towards the latter part there are huge chunks of months with no entries and my biggest criticism is that the author (tweeter?) seems to have run out of steam. He or she rushes the end by giving oneself the rest of the month off and generally putting in less effort which is a shame. A little more time and care could have ended the book as strongly as it began.

Gin O’Clock is an amusing romp through the year that maintains a smile throughout with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments that take you by surprise. Although many famous figures are lampooned, the humour is never cruel or nasty, but rather an affectionate celebration of British eccentricity. In all, it’s a great giggle and tribute to the Queen with enough laughter and respect befitting of a Diamond Jubilee celebration.


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@Queen_UK Adolf Hitler agatha christie Alan Clements Alastair Campbell Aldous Huxley Aleksandr Orlov Alex Shaffer Andrew Neiderman Anthony Burgess Arthur Miller Bateman Ben Brooks Ben Elton Bram Stoker Bret Easton Ellis C.J. Cherryh Carolyn Jess-Cooke Charles Dickens Chuck Palahniuk Dan Brown Dante Alighieri dashiell hammett david baldacci David Brin David Glattauer David Kirkpatrick David Line David Tennant David Wolstencroft Dylan Jones E.L. James Edgar Allen Poe Emilia Fox Eoin Colfer Erica Spindler Frank Peretti Gabrielle Lord Gareth Roberts Geoff Ryman George Orwell George R. R. Martin George W. Bush Gillian Flynn Gillian Slovo Graham Greene Guy Piran Harper Lee Harriet Lane Herman Koch Ian Rankin J.K. Rowling Jack Thorne Jacqueline Rayner James Herbert James Patterson Jasper Fforde Jeff Green Jeff Kinney Jeffrey Archer Jem Lester Jenny Robson Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins Jim Thompson John Crowther John Green John Grisham John Tiffany John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Judith Kerr Juliana Foster Justin Richards Kaci Hill Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary Higgins Clark Mary McNamara Matt Haig Matthew Ravden Michael Berry Michael Connelly Michael Morpurgo Michael Quirke Miguel de Cervantes Mike Lancaster Morris Gleitzman Morton Rhue Neil Sinclair Nick Hornby Nick Page Patricia Cornwell Patricia Stotley Patrick Ness Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James Phil Allcock R.J. Palacio Rachelle Dekker Raymond Chandler Richard Bachman Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Ludlum Robin Cook Robin Kirkpatrick sandra brown Sebastian Beaumont Sharon Osbourne Stella Rimmington Stephen Cole Stephen King Steve Lookner Steve Lyons Stuart MacBride Sue Townsend Suzanne Collins ted dekker Terry Pratchett Tim LaHaye Tim Randall Todd Strasser Tom Avery Tom Bower Tom Cain Tom Hoyle tony blair William Golding William P. Young William Shakespeare