Here is the book the world has been waiting for, but it is not the book that the world expects - the anodyne recollections of a much-loved monarch in her silver years. Far from it. For this is a book packed with hidden stories and scoops that will send even the "Red Tops" running for cover. How did it come to this? Well, the story behind the book is as compelling as the book itself. Let us set the scene... The Queen has had enough - the EU wants a written British Constitution, the Scottish Nationalists want Balmoral - and there are more threats of scandal within the Royal Family. Half a century of duty and yet another annus horribilis looms. It is time to go; and she does. In Britain, there is panic. This is a constitutional crisis - even Parliament cannot be opened. Before the word gets out, the Queen must be found! On the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Her Majesty, aka Gloria Smith, has taken over a beach bar and made a success of it. She has a confidant now, Austin Ford, a local fisherman. On the veranda with him at sundown, she begins to speak the story of her life into a tape recorder. Prince Charles' (untrustworthy) exequerry, David Baron, has hunted her down. But questions remain. What exactly did the Queen find in the basement of Windsor Castle during the war years? Does the discovery connect with the genealogical investigations of that arch-courtier, St. Just St. John? And will Prince Charles' man tell the Prince where she is, or sell his information - and perhaps the Queen's autobiography - to the highest bidder? Will her explosive book be published? In this witty (and occasionally disloyal) depiction of what happens when a Nation loses its head, we admire Her Majesty as much as we laugh at the adventures which befall her in her search for freedom. You've seen the film, read the tabloid revelations... now it's Her turn. Serial rights... bidding war rages.
Used availability for Hilary Bailey's The Autobiography of the Queen
January 2008 : UK Hardback
October 2007 : UK Hardback
August 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition