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, a brief biography 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. Besides featuring in Harry’s Story for ITV, I’ve been discussing Prince Albert for another documentary, while the new series of Alan Titchmarsh’s Secrets of the National Trust saw me talking about Arbella Stuart, my first biographical subject. 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!
Just recently I’ve been working on a very different twentieth-century subject – the relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. The book comes out this summer, with nary a queen in sight, and I’ll be discussing it at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge and at the Steyning Festival. But watch this space – later in the year, I hope to be able to bring you news of a new sixteenth-century biography . . .