From the author of the critically acclaimed Victoria comes a celebration of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II, as she celebrates her 90th birthday.
A. N. Wilson grew up in Staffordshire and was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. He lives in North London.
This superb revisionist biography is the book that he was born to
write. Wilson clearly loves and admires his subject, but this is a
critical biography - funny, insightful, original and authoritative.
At last Victoria has been rescued from her widow's weeds. -- Review
for Victoria * Spectator *
Subtle, thoughtful ... a shimmering and rather wonderful biography. -- Review for Victoria * Guardian *
A. N. Wilson brings his novelist's perception and immense knowledge of the era to his effervescent biography of the tiny woman (4ft 11in) who ruled Britain for 61 years... This won't be the last biography of Victoria but it is certainly the most interesting and original in a long time. -- Review for Victoria * Sunday Times *
Ninety-five years ago, the standard was set by Lytton Strachey's lucid and moving Queen Victoria but A. N. Wilson has now raised the bar... And what a pity she never met A. N. Wilson: she shines in his company ... in [this] expansive and victorious book. -- Review for Victoria * Daily Telegraph *
[Wilson] is affectionate without being reverential... A refreshing palate cleanser * The Times *
The clear-eyed biographer sets his sights on our monarch in this unusual examination of life and times of HM The Queen * Britain magazine *