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Drawing on Victoria's diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin brings the inner life of the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel. From the creator of the blockbuster ITV series Victoria and acclaimed author of My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter.

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Perfect for fans of epics such as War and Peace, Poldark or Granchester and for any reader of The Paris Wife or War and Peace. 'To me, ma'am, you are every inch a Queen' In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria - sheltered, small in stature, and female - became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favour of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone. One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria's private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband?


Engaging and enthralling * My Weekly * Goodwin manages to create suspense, by imagining Victoria's inner life as revealed in her letters and diaries, and doing full justice to the spirit and independence that made her one ofour greatest monarchs * The Times * Meticulously researched and vividly told, it is a perfect romp * Mail on Sunday * Goodwin demonstrates her admirable ability to fuse wide-ranging knowledge of the period with lively storytelling skills * The Sunday Times * The research is impeccable, the attention to detail perfect, and it brings the formidable figure of Victoria to sparkling life * Sunday Mirror *

About the Author

Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin was our Guest Editor in May 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Daisy Goodwin was educated at Cambridge and Columbia University. She is a television producer and has edited a number of poetry anthologies. In 2010 her first novel, My Last Duchess was published to critical acclaim and she was chair of the judging panel of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is married with two daughters.

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20th October 2016


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