The official companion to ITV's hotly anticipated new drama, The Victoria Letters delves into the private writings of the young Queen Victoria, painting a vivid picture of the personal life of one of England's greatest monarchs.
From the producers of Poldark and Endeavour, ITV's Victoria follows the early years of the young Queen's reign, based closely on Victoria's own letters and journals. Now explore this extensive collection in greater depth, and discover who Victoria really was behind her upright public persona.
At only 18 years old, Victoria ascended the throne as a rebellious teenager and gradually grew to become one of the most memorable, unshakeable and powerful women in history. The extensive writings she left behind document this personal journey and show how she triumphed over scandal and corruption. Created by internationally best-selling author, historian of 12 books and Victoria historical consultant, Helen Rappaport, and including a foreword by Daisy Goodwin - acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter of the series - The Victoria Letters details the history behind the show.
Revealing Victoria's own thoughts about the love interests, family dramas and court scandals during her early reign, it also delves into the running of the royal household, the upstairs-downstairs relationships, and what it was like to live in Victorian England. Come behind the palace doors and discover the girl behind the Queen.
©2016 Helen Rappaport (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Interesting book but poor delivery"
It's hard to rank among all the books I've listened to, but I guess I would put it in the bottom 25%. Not because of the book itself but because of the choice made by the producers of the audio version to interrupt the book constantly to tell the reader who the actor/narrator is who is reading a line or two from some letter or journal. Very annoying. Very. It spoiled the listening a great deal. They should have put that information in a note at the end of the book.
It would have been better without all of those annoying interruptions. Without them, I would have actually enjoyed hearing the history. With them, I won't recommend the audio version to anyone.
I'm sure there already is a tag line for the BBC/ITV/PBS Victoria series that releases soon here in the states. I won't bother to make one up.
Love this book. History is my favorite genre. Watch the series that goes with this book and it is great to compare the book with the series. I love Queen Victoria letters.
"Similar to the PBS series"
I really enjoyed this book. Liked how it showed Victoria when she is young and her relationship with Albert.
Excellent addition to the TV series, it fills in a lot if knowledge gaps on why and how a few things happened. I hope a second volume comes out with the second series, as the additional information was fascinating and helpful.
"If you love the series you'll enjoy this book"
My only complaint is that it ended very abruptly
Otherwise there is some backstory to Victoria herself and even lots of little insight to how they make the series itself, which was very interesting
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