'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 favor 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? 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.
'The research is impeccable, the attention to detail perfect, and it brings the formidable figure of Victoria to sparkling life.' --Sunday Mirror
'Goodwin demonstrates her admirable ability to fuse wide-ranging knowledge of the period with lively storytelling skills.' --The Sunday Times
Daisy Goodwin's is a screenwriter and novelist. Her speciality is the the nineteenth century, where her first two novels My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter are set. Now she has written Victoria, A Novel of a Young Queen which is set in the same time frame as the hit ITV series VICTORIA starring Jenna Coleman which Daisy created and wrote. Her work as a TV producer and presenter also includes Reader I Married Him, Bookworm and The Nation's Favourite Poems; she is also the creator of Grand Designs. She lives in London, and loves gadgets, poetry and The Thin Man movies. She has three dogs, two daughters and one husband.