Jane Ridley

Jane Ridley

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.

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  1. 34. GEORGE V: NEVER A DULL MOMENT
    34. GEORGE V: NEVER A DULL MOMENT

    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.

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