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“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”

Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken. I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt. 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. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet 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 of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. 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, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:404 pages

    Victoria Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Nov 28, 2016

    Wonderful, vibrant historical fiction focused on Queen Victoria's early days ! Don't expect the staid and serious book here. Rather, Victoria is a light, compelling, page-turner that reads as a coming...

  • Abby *Hates Dust Jackets*
    Nov 20, 2016

    A coming of age story. But with crown jewels.Princess Alexandrina Victoria, or Drina as her family calls her, knows that she will be queen one day. A complicated line of succession has cleared her pat...

  • Julie
    Dec 16, 2016

    Victoria by Daisy Goodwin is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication. This is a light and easy spin on Queen Victoria’s first days as the Queen, being at the ripe old age of eighteen. This fictional...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Oct 24, 2016

    Thank you to Headline Review and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book for me to review!Victoria is a novelisation of Queen Victoria's ascension to the British throne in 1837. What you may or ma...

  • Sarah
    Dec 11, 2016

    I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did so I'm very pleasantly surprised! I requested it on NetGalley because it sounded intriguing and now, I'm so glad that I did! Historical fiction i...

  • vicky ?
    Sep 06, 2016

    shamelessly putting this on my tbr list, as a history student I have sinnedEDIT:I'd say it was pretty much exactly like the show, minus the downstairs subplot and the fact that (view spoiler)[it ended...

  • Andrea
    Oct 12, 2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of historical fiction and found this book to be delightful and a page-turner. The young Queen Victoria is endearing, annoying, youthful and an old soul a...

  • The Lit Bitch
    Dec 01, 2016

    I am going to preface this post by saying that Queen Victoria is absolutely my favorite queen! I’ve had my eye on this book for MONTHS waiting for it to come out.When this came up for review I liter...

  • Pucca
    Nov 21, 2016

    It's literally the TV series in written form....

  • Billie
    Oct 15, 2016

    I'll watch the miniseries, which will probably be gorgeous. However, the writing on the novel is lackluster and there's not really enough story to justify a 350+ page novel....

About Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin

DAISY GOODWIN, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University’s film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. That w