Book Review: Victoria – Daisy Goodwin ****

Watching the recent adaptation of Victoria on ITV made me want to know a little bit more about one of our most interesting monarchs. Her reign spanned a period of social and political upheaval, of great advances in medicine and technology and the foundations of modern Britain.

This is a fascinating fictionalised version of the early years of Victoria’s reign. Based on Victoria’s own diaries and other publications from the time, Daisy Goodwin has done something quite remarkable and written a very readable book on what could be deemed to be a very dull period of the monarch’s life. Chronicling her accession to the throne and her easy relationship with the enigmatic Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (Lord M) this book takes us up to the appearance of Albert and her engagement to the Coburg prince.

Having watched the television series Victoria I was a little disappointed to see that it followed exactly the same path and while it was very enjoyable I didn’t learn anything about the monarch that I didn’t already know. If you enjoyed the series with Jenna Coleman and want to immerse yourself in the colours and characters of the period it is just perfect. If you are looking for something to expand on that experience then it might not be the book for you.

Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Oct 6 2016. 464 pages.

Victoria

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