Every genre has a standard narrative. When a reader opens up a biography, he or she expects the standard womb to tomb narrative. Lucy Worsley‘s new biography of Queen Victoria, Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life, both adheres to the standard narrative and steps out of the box.
Ms. Worsley tells the story of Queen Victoria via 24 days in her life that had a life altering effect. From a 2019 perspective, the Queen might have been viewed as an everyday woman: she was balancing a demanding career, raising children and maintaining her marriage.
What I liked about this book is that Ms. Worsley does not write the predictable womb to tomb biography. In choosing the specific moments in time, Ms. Worsley brings out her subject’s humanity and ordinary-ness, making her seem like just another woman instead of one of the greatest Queens in human history.
I recommend it.