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Head of Zeus
The Queen
03 Jun 2021 * EBOOK * £0.99 * 9781788545907

The magisterial life of the woman whose family's personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries have shaped much of post-war British history.

Non Fiction / BGR (Biography)
Extent: 512 pages  Illus: Illus
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The Queen: An elegant new biography of Her Majesty Elizabeth IIMatthew Dennison

An elegant and magisterial new biography of Her Majesty The Queen.

'A worthy and balanced overview of the Queen's life. Dennison is especially good on her childhood ... Quietly, tactfully, tastefully reverent' The Times

For millions of people, both in Britain and across the world, Elizabeth II is the embodiment of monarchy. Her long life spans nearly a century of national and global history, from a time before the Great Depression to the era of Covid-19. Her reign embraces all but seven years of Britain's postwar history; she has been served by fifteen UK prime ministers from Churchill to Johnson, and witnessed the administrations of thirteen US presidents from Truman to Trump. The vast majority of Britons cannot remember a world without Elizabeth II as head of state and the Commonwealth.

In this brand-new biography of the longest-reigning sovereign in British history, Matthew Dennison traces her life and reign across an era of unprecedented and often seismic social change. Stylish in its writing and nuanced in its judgements, The Queen charts the joys and triumphs as well as the disappointments and vicissitudes of a remarkable royal life; it also assesses the achievement of a woman regarded as the champion of a handful of 'British' values endorsed – if no longer practised – by the bulk of the nation: service, duty, steadfastness, charity and stoicism.

Matthew Dennison is the author of nine critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, a Book of the Year in The Times, Spectator, Independent and Observer, and the much-praised Eternal Boy, a life of Kenneth Grahame. His most recent book is a new biography of Her Majesty The Queen, published by Head of Zeus.

A brand-new life of Britain's longest-reigning monarch and the most recognizable woman in the world.

A book with the stylistic assurance, the close attention to detail, and the gleaming production values of Netflix's The Crown

The perfect gift for Royalists and republicans alike – a tale told with both rigour and affection by a master of English prose.

MARKET: Hugo Vickers; A.N. Wilson; Lucy Worsley; Andrew Morton; Anne Glenconner; Craig Brown.


'A worthy and balanced overview of the Queen's life. Dennison is especially good on her childhood ... Quietly, tactfully, tastefully reverent' The Times

'Anyone who wants a rapid, lucid, well-organised dash through the Queen's seven decades on the throne couldn't do better' Daily Telegraph

'An elegant new biography' OK! Magazine

'Dutiful and modest – a superb portrait of Her Majesty' Sunday Telegraph

'An engaging retelling of a remarkable life of selflessness and service' Choice Magazine

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