Jane Ridley is Professor of History at Buckingham University, where she teaches an MA course on biography. Her books include The Young Disraeli, acclaimed; a highly praised study of the architect Edwin Lutyens and his relationship with his troubled wife, which won the Duff Cooper Prize; and Victoria, a short life written for the Penguin Monarchs series. Her most recent full biography, Bertie: A Life of Edward VII was a Sunday Times bestseller. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she writes book reviews for the Spectator and other newspapers, and has also appeared on radio and several television documentaries.
Professor Jane Ridley will offer a ground-breaking portrait of George V and Queen Mary. The lasting reputation of George V is for dullness. He was a crack shot, and an outstanding stamp collector, but that's about it. But is that really all there was to King George, a monarch who faced a series of crises thought to be the most testing faced by any twentieth-century British sovereign? As Tommy Lascelles, one of the most perceptive royal advisors, put it: 'He was dull, beyond dispute ‒ but my God, his reign never had a dull moment.' Using previously inaccessible papers, this will be a riveting portrait of a royal marriage and family life that challenges myths.