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Gin O'Clock Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144473895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444738957
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our favourite tweeter is publishing her diary. Here's The Queen (of Twitter's) guide to festive etiquette. (Marie Claire)

Witty and irreverent peeks at the innermost thoughts of the Royal Family. (Choice)

The clever folk at Hodder & Stoughton have teamed up with the mystery person behind the tweets to create a new book, naturally called Gin O'Clock, purporting to be the secret diary of Elizabeth Windsor. (Bar Magazine)

It's the sort of book to leave beside the loo, a jokey compilation you can dip in and out of - though I will be reading it from cover to cover, grinning from ear to ear because of its sharp, quick-witted and always apt sending-up of people with a public life. (foodepedia (blog))

easily one of the funniest fictional Twitter accounts (Styleandthensome (blog))

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The Queen's diary for 2011 covering all the big events of the year - two Royal weddings, the phone hacking scandal, and the Duke of Edinburgh's tarts and vicars-themed 90th birthday party

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KT-T on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a total technophobe, a friend of mine had to point out the Twitter account "@Queen_UK" that this is a spin off from........and I have been following her majesty ever since!! Loving the fact the HRH appears to be a drinker and thinker like the rest of us!!
Was slightly concerned that the book might be a padded out version...but it's not...it's hilarious!....a really easy pick-up and put-down book, that actually made me giggle out loud at times....and I'm a fairly harsh critic....
Can highly recommend....good to lend to your mates and am strongly considering a bulk order for Christmas prezzies...would get a lot sorted in one go....
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James Gordon on 20 Oct. 2011
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Funniest book I have read for years. My favourite characters are Nick Clegg and Camilla. Agree with Her Majesty that Philip Schofield should be Prime Minister.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SJATurney on 4 Dec. 2011
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I bought this as a follower on twitter and daily chuckler. It's a lovely, entertaining and very easy read. One of those wonderful books that you can read a little as and when you like, if you feel like a chuckle. Buy it. If you have a sense of humour and even a rudimentary knowledge of the British royal family and politics, you'll love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs P on 7 Nov. 2011
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Brilliant, witty read, just like the twitter daily quips.
It just about lasted me a flight from Heathrow to JFK, and I was laughing out loud the whole flight.

Keep them coming please maam!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've followed @Queen_Uk for the last two years and was delighted to hear that this book was coming out.

I found it an excellent read building substance and depth to the themes from twitter. If you follow @Queen_Uk and find it funny then this book is a must. If you don't use Twitter this is still a very funny stand alone book.
Long live the Queen!

Gin anyone?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By thomas reed on 14 Nov. 2011
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This is an excellent book I fully recommend it to anybody who is vaguely interested in politics or just general banter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T.N.E. on 26 Oct. 2011
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I don't often write reviews of books, but I also don't often laugh aloud when reading them. I have only ever found Guy Browning to be this funny and addictive.

Whether you're a royalist or not, I can guarantee that this will make you laugh. I recommend it highly - especially if you're Nick Clegg! I only wish this was the Queen's real diary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stepping Out of the Page on 12 Jun. 2012
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After all of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, I found myself completely enamoured with the Royal Family and really wanted to read a book about them! I did, like a lot of others, love the Queen [of Twitter]'s running commentary of the celebrations and when I found out she had released a 'Jubilee Celebration' edition of her book Gin O'Clock, I desperately had to get my hands on it!

The Queen [of Twitter] is also known as @Queen_UK on the popular social networking site and has hundreds of thousands of followers on twitter. If you're not one of them, I'd highly recommend following her right now! I have followed her for quite a while and she is never incapable of making me laugh out loud. The figure is a parody of the Queen and often comments (in her own, unique manner) on current events. If you like @Queen_UK's tweets, you will love this book.

Gin O'Clock is a collection of diary entries written by 'The Queen' dating from 2011 all the way up to her Diamond Jubilee. Just like the Twitter account, the book features plenty of British (and overseas, for that matter) events - everything you can imagine seemed to be mentioned, without the book feeling over crammed - even the famous Coronation Street tram crash was included in there! I believe that, at the start of each entry, was a tweet that was actually posted that day. I was really impressed with everything that was included and for anyone who followed popular events of the past couple of years, this will definitely bring up some fun memories. Being the Queen's diary, we always get her very frank opinion on whatever's happening in the world and the political satire, in particular, was absolutely brilliant.

I loved reading about all of the Royals and important worldwide figures, as described by Her Majesty.
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