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Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant by [Quinn, Tom]
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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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"William Tallon was a creature of extremes: though intensely loyal, he was also a dangerous risk-taker; though charming, he could also be vicious; though considerate and amusing, he could be ruthless and predatory. For much of his life he was driven by two demons: a powerful sex drive and an intense, almost pathological love for the Queen Mother…”


From humble beginnings as a shopkeeper’s son in Coventry to ‘Page of the Backstairs’ at Clarence House, William Tallon, or ‘Backstairs Billy’ as he came to be known, entered royal service at the age of fifteen. Over the next fifty years, he became one of the most notorious and flamboyant characters ever to have graced the royal household - the one servant the Queen Mother just could not do without. While others came and went, he remained by her side, becoming one of her most trusted friends and confidants.


The fascinating life story of the man who spent more than half a century working for one of the world’s most elusive institutions, Backstairs Billy provides a rare glimpse of what the royals really get up to behind closed doors…


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press (17 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U2PYFY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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