Penny Junor: All the Queen's Corgis
Sunday 28 October
Corgis, dorgis and gundogs: The Story of Elizabeth II and her most faithful companions
For every dog lover and Royal watcher, this affectionate and entertaining book looks at the dogs that have been bred, owned by and given to the Queen throughout her life - at their personalities, the relationship she has had with them - and at the not insignificant part they have played in her role as monarch. It reveals a very private side that is seldom seen.
This very intimate book by writer, biographer and broadcaster Penny Junor looks at the Queen at her most informal, doing what she loves best, amongst people who share a common interest. These pet dogs are her constant companions, travelling with her by air, road and rail, from one royal residence to another. Whenever possible, she walks and feeds them herself, and despite having had as many as ten dogs at one time, she has always had remarkable control over them. She is immensely knowledgeable about blood lines, she is involved in the breeding programme of all the dogs; she also finds names for each and every one, and at the end of their days, buries them with personalised plaques to commemorate each individual.