'It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved.' – Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria was attacked an astonishing eight times during her sixty-three year reign.
Victoria's would-be assassins succeeded in changing the course of British history; whose penal system, legal system and policing would never be the same again. Taking the queen's mad, marginalized attackers as his starting point for an investigation of the entire era, Paul Thomas Murphy weaves elegantly through all layers of nineteenth century society and culture. A rollicking, riveting history, Shooting Victoria is the most multi-faceted story of Victorian Britain to date.
Head of Zeus * History
26 Sep 2013 * 688pp * £12.99 * 9781781851975
'An entertaining social history... Has as many strands as a Victorian novel, deserves a wide readership.'
'Beautifully researched and lucidly written ... an entertaining study'
'A gripping, teeming, discursive pleasure. Shining a light on the 19th century and its indestructible queen.'
'[A] fascinating book ... it is a testament to his talent that these 500 pages left me wanting more'
'A rollicking read'
'Full of curiosity and zest'
Mail on Sunday
'A rich, rollicking narrative ... enormously entertaining'
'Written with as much verve and spirit as the youthful queen herself, this fascinating investigation into the attempted assassinations is a superb exploration into 19th century construction of monarchy'
'Part social panorama, part crime thriller, part psychological drama ... Superb'