Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant

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9781849547802: Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant

One of the nation's best kept secrets, life behind the gates of Buckingham Palace is subject to worldwide speculation. In this book Tom Quinn traces the fascinating relationship between the Queen Mother and her most devoted servant.

William Tallon, who died in 2007, was a shopkeeper's son from the Midlands who rose through the ranks to work for the Queen Mother for more than fifty years. Known as "Backstairs Billy," he was charming, amusing, occasionally bitchy—and extremely promiscuous.

Billy adored her and she adored Billy; perhaps because of his high-camp style and outrageous remarks about the well-born equerries, royal press people and advisers, but mostly because he made her gin and tonics just the way she liked them—nine-tenths gin and one-tenth tonic.

Outrageously funny, scandalous, sometimes shocking, but always fascinating, this is the royal family through the eyes of one of its most extroverted servants.

Tom Quinn is the author of many titles including London's Strangest Tales, Cocoa at Midnight: The Real Life Story of My Time as a Housekeeper, and The Cook's Tale: Life Below Stairs as it Really Was. He also writes occasional obituaries for the Times and edits Country Business magazine.

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Tom Quinn: Tom Quinn is the author of many titles including London’s Strangest Tales, Cocoa at Midnight: The Real Life Story of My Time as a Housekeeper, The Cook’s Tale: Life Below Stairs as it Really Was. He also writes occasional obituaries for The Times and edits Country Business magazine.

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'[A] deliciously, revealing biography.' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday; "Quinn's biography provides a fascinating downstairs angle on the Royals' upstairs life, with lots of unexpected details: for example, that the Queen Mum's comic turns included impersonations of Blackadder and (brace yourself) Ali G." - Daily Mail

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Description du livre Biteback Publishing, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book. William Tallon, who died in 2007, was a shopkeeper s son from the Midlands who worked for the Queen Mother for more than fifty years and became her most trusted servant. Known as Backstairs Billy , he was charming, amusing, occasionally bitchy - and extremely promiscuous. As a child growing up in relative poverty in Coventry, Billy thought working for the royal family would be hugely glamorous. As a teenager he sent letters to the royal household begging to be taken on. It was a shock, however, when he found himself barely out of his teens and working for a family that had two very different sides. As far as the public was concerned, the royal family was a model of reticence. But Billy saw the other side of a family whose members loved drinking and smoking, swearing and playing sometimes cruel practical jokes on each other in private. They hated anything serious and were constantly making jokes at each other s expense. The Queen Mother was especially good at all this, according to Billy. This was partly because she had a great sense of fun and partly because, for the last twenty years of her life, she was dotty to the point of lunacy.Billy adored her and she adored Billy; perhaps because of his high-camp style and outrageous remarks about the well-born equerries, royal press people and advisers, but mostly because he made her gin and tonics just the way she liked them - nine-tenths gin and one-tenth tonic. Outrageously funny, scandalous, sometimes shocking, but always fascinating, this is the life story of one of the most original characters ever to have graced the royal household. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9781849547802

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