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Head of Zeus
The Queen
The Queen Matthew Dennison

Monarchy in Britain is a mindset – sociological and emotional – seldom scrutinised save by diehard supporters or detractors.

Matthew Dennison's new biography of Elizabeth II offers to evaluate a magisterial reign now spanning seven decades and the Queen's record as practitioner of monarchy. The person of the monarch is the closest an ethnically and culturally diverse society comes to a visible representative of past, present and future, although population changes since 1945 have made it impossible for Elizabeth II convincingly to embody the wide-ranging outlooks and aspirations of a muddled demographic. Instead she is understood as the champion of a handful of 'British' values endorsed – if no longer practised – by the bulk of the nation: service, duty, steadfastness, charity, stoicism: a visible definition of an aspect of 'Britishness'.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Biography
01 Apr 2021 * 512pp * £9.99 * 9781788545907

'An engrossing tale of a mother and daughter who were also a queen and her subject' Good Book Guide.

'Emotionally sympathetic and beautifully written, its detail meticulous ... A confident and disarmingly impressive debut' Daily Telegraph.

'Readable and empathetic biography' Independent.
Matthew Dennison
Matthew Dennison
Matthew Dennison is the author of seven 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. His most recent book is the much-praised Eternal Boy, a life of Kenneth Grahame.
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