William Shawcrossâ€™s official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, published in September 2009, was a huge critical and commercial success.One of the great revelations of the book was Queen Elizabethâ€™s insightful, witty private correspondence. Indeed, TheÂ Sunday Times described her letters as â€śwonderful . . . brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.â€ťÂ Now, Shawcross has put together a selection of her letters, drawing on the vast wealth of material in the Royal Archives and at Glamis Castle.Â Queen Elizabeth was aÂ prolific correspondent, from her early childhood beforeÂ World War IÂ to the very end of her long life at the beginning of the twenty-first century,Â and herÂ letters offer readers a vivid insight into the real person behind the public face.