Travel writer and journalist Síle McArdle, who has penned ‘Suitcases: A Clock or a Crown?’ under her maternal grandmother’s name of Caroline Logue, is seeking the jewel in the crown of reviewers posting a first edition to Buckingham Palace with a handwritten note to the Queen.
‘A Clock or a Crown?’ – the first in a series of madcap time-travelling adventures for children aged eight to 12 – is set between Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with a finale that features an elderly queen plagued with terrible headaches who is thoroughly fed up with the pomp and ceremony of her role.
“I put a cheeky post-it note with ‘open here’ at a particularly pertinent page towards the end,” joked Síle McArdle. “I’ve also had some ‘This book belongs to’ stickers done, so I filled in ‘Elizabeth Windsor’ for her and signed it Caroline Logue.”
Síle has also personally written to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, enclosing a copy of the book as a gift for Prince George and a signed sticker for ‘George Mountbatten-Windsor’.
The final regal reviewer on Síle’s hit list is the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The author commented “I’ll be looking for young reviewers to post to my Facebook page - CarolineLogueAuthor – and you never know, Prince Edward’s young son might oblige in due course!”
Published by Little Island, ‘Suitcases: A Clock or a Crown?’ is out now and available in shops throughout Ireland & UK and as an ebook.