Book Talks: Victoria

victoriaVictoria by Daisy Goodwin

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are very eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

The young queen is no puppet, however. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to state that she does not like her first name and wishes to be known only be her second name, Victoria. Everyone keeps saying she is destined to marry her first cousin but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously. Author Daisy Goodwin draws from Victoria’s diaries, which Daisy first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, and brings the young queen richly to life in the novel Victoria. You can request Victoria plus thousands and thousands of other titles through any of the eight library branches in Haliburton County.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.

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