Last year ended on a right royal autumn, with Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe coming out in paperback in both the UK and the US. I’m delighted to say the book has also been bought for foreign territories stretching from China to Spain and Poland, and optioned for possible drama in the UK.
I also brought out The Queen’s Mary, a novel about one of the famous ‘Four Marys’ attendant on Mary, Queen of Scots, which featured in Amazon’s top ten historical fiction, and Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown, celebrating 90 years of Elizabeth II.
I’m still speaking about both the historical and the modern monarchy on tv, discussing the royal wedding, and the future of the royal family, for American, Canadian, and Japanese as well as UK stations. I’ve recently featured in Harry’s Story for ITV and in Albert: The Power Behind Victoria for C5, as well as exploring the remains of Henry VIII’s Elsyng Palace for a new series on archeology. The recent series of Alan Titchmarsh’s Secrets of the National Trust saw me talking about Arbella Stuart, my first biographical subject, while The Royal House of Windsor, Inside Westminster Abbey, Inside St Paul’s Cathedral and Inside Balmoral all continue to be repeated regularly, I’m happy to say!
I’ve just brought out a book on a very different twentieth-century subject – the relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. I’ll be discussing Vita and Virginia at the Bloomsbury Festival on October 20; at the National Archives on October 30, and at the Richmond Festival on November 9. I’ve been writing extensively on social media about the hundredth anniversary of the first women MPs to enter Parliament, and there may soon be more to tell you on that project. But I’ve by no means given up on more distant history!
On October 16 I’m debating (or arguing) Richard III and the fate of the Princes in the Queen’s House at the Tower of London. On October 23 speaking about Game of Queens to the Guild of Stewards of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. And that’s before starting work on a new sixteenth-century story . . .