'Victoria' by Daisy Goodwin

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'Victoria' by Daisy Goodwin

Begins Jan. 15 on WETA-26

Kensington Palace, June 1837.

A young Princess Alexandria Victoria is told that her uncle, the King, is dead and she is now the Queen of England. Her reign begins in the new novel Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.

As Queen, Alexandria Victoria decides to use her second name Victoria and moves to Buckingham House (later Palace) in central London. She learns how to rule the country with the guidance of her prime minister, the Viscount Melbourne, and views Queen Elizabeth I as a role model. Although Victoria enjoys the privileges of being Queen, she discovers the responsibilities and challenges that come with her new position. I enjoyed reading about Victoria as a young woman before she became one of Great Britain's most famous monarchs.

Copies of the novel are available to check out and download from the library. Of interest, Ms. Goodwin is the creator and screenplay writer for the new "Victoria" TV series on PBS.

To complement the novel and the TV series, check out the new biography Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird.

"Victoria" will air at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights on WETA-26 beginning January 15.
Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian
    Victoria cover