Tinkety tonk old fruit

Absorbing letters from an ebullient queen

Tinkety tonk old fruit

Counting One’s Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

edited by William Shawcross

Macmillan, $44.99 hb, 686 pp, 9780230754966

It is fitting to compare the longevity of the Queen Mother’s life with a magnificent hand-woven carpet running along a length of parquet down a torch-lit ancestral hallway: she was the embodiment of the twentieth century precisely because her life more or less spanned it. She was born on 4 August 1900 and (allowing for a bit of overhang into this century) died on Easter Saturday, 30 March 2002.

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Published in February 2013 no. 348
Michael Shmith

Michael Shmith

Michael Shmith is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. He is currently writing the history of Cranlana, the Toorak home bought by Sidney and Merlyn Myer in 1920.

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