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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

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Jan 06, 2017

    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...

  • Abby
    Nov 30, 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...

  • Sarah
    Dec 14, 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 ?
    Nov 08, 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...

  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Nov 15, 2016

    I received this book for free from SheSpeaksVictoria has lived a sheltered life before she became the Queen Victoria that we are all familiar with. Her mother didn't let her socialize or experience mu...

  • Karen
    Dec 05, 2016

    I've been obsessed with the Tudors and the Plantagenets historical fiction over these past few years, and then recently became obsessed with the Windsors after having watched the fantastic The Crown m...

  • 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...

  • Vikki
    Dec 11, 2016

    I found this book to be more of a young adult novel than a historical fiction but I like both genres so it did not bother me that the plot focused more on Victoria growing up and the struggle she face...

  • Joanna Park
    Dec 07, 2016

    Victoria is just 18 when she becomes queen. Desperate to escape her mother and Sir John Conway's controlling clutches she is determined to rule alone but soon discovers how unprepared she is. In need ...

  • Robin Hatcher
    Dec 26, 2016

    I loved this book. I listened to the audio version, and it is wonderfully narrated. The story differs in some key respects from the movie, The Young Victoria, that came out in 2009 and which I also lo...

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