The Diamond Jubilee publishing frenzy

Scrolling through channels on TV last night I was rather alarmed to come across Grace Jones standing on stage at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert singing while gyrating with a hula hoop. I can’t imagine what the Queen would have thought and I don’t imagine she was amused, but if the singing quality of Paul McCartney and Elton John were anything to go by, I really don’t blame her for wearing her bright yellow earplugs.

It was at this point that I began to wonder if everyone had gone a bit overboard with this Diamond Jubilee business, and not to be outdone the publishing industry has published a multitude of new titles about the Queen and her 60 year reign. You will either be delighted or appalled by the fact that the library has bought many of them.

One of these books has taken my fancy, and although I have never had much interest in the Queen I hadn’t realised that the she had been such a fashion setter. During the 1950s especially, she turned out in some rather splendid outfits as seen in Elizabeth: reigning in style.  Thankfully the monochrome coat/shoes/bag/hat/gloves routine didn’t appear until later.

Here is a list of the other titles that the Library has recently purchased.

5 thoughts on “The Diamond Jubilee publishing frenzy

  1. Robyn 15 June 2012 / 1:30 pm

    Thank you Jane for saving me the trouble of making a Jubilee booklist. I have Alan Titchmarsh out at the moment, and loving it. But so many more to savour.
    Surely even the Queen would have been impressed at Grace Jones’ thighs.

  2. jane 15 June 2012 / 2:00 pm

    Yes the thighs were stupendous, unlike Paul McCartney’s voice. I wish you many happy hours of Jubiliee joyfulness.

  3. Laraine 15 June 2012 / 2:58 pm

    I think it’s terrible that the Queen has to attend all these dreadful concerts that can’t possibly interest her. I never cease to feel sorry for her when she attends those Royal Variety Shows or whatever they are called. It must be particularly hard on her now she’s in her eighties. It just shows, though, that a “privileged” life isn’t always a road strewn with rose petals.

    • jane 21 June 2012 / 3:19 pm

      Mind you, she has just had a pay rise, so i am not oing to feel too sorry forher!

      • Laraine 21 June 2012 / 4:57 pm

        Fair enough, Jane. But I was thinking of what it would be like for me if I was her age. I would HATE it now; I think I’d hate it even more in my eighties. And I didn’t know she had received a pay rise. Not a good idea when so many of her people are struggling so hard.

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