The Heir Apparent: The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince

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Random House Trade
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6.19 X 9.31 X 1.64 inches | 1.71 pounds

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About the Author
Jane Ridley is professor of history at Buckingham University in England, where she teaches a course on biography. Her previous biographies include The Young Disraeli and Edwin Lutyens, which won the prestigious Duff Cooper Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Ridley writes book reviews for The Spectator and other newspapers, and has also appeared in several television and radio documentaries.
"If [The Heir Apparent] isn't the definitive life story of this fascinating figure of British history, then nothing ever will be."--The Christian Science Monitor

"The Heir Apparent is smart, it's fascinating, it's sometimes funny, it's well-documented and it reads like a novel, with Bertie so vivid he nearly leaps from the page, cigars and all."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"I closed The Heir Apparent with admiration and a kind of wry exhilaration."--The Wall Street Journal

"Ridley is a serious scholar and historian, who keeps Bertie's flaws and virtues in a fine balance."--The Boston Globe

"Brilliantly entertaining . . . a landmark royal biography."--The Sunday Telegraph

"Superb."--The New York Times Book Review

"A top-notch royal biography . . . The title of Ridley's biography of King Edward is appropriate to the popular sense of the monarch, that his life was defined by his many years as the indulged and indulgent Prince of Wales. But significant research stands behind the author's more judicious understanding of the man, that the 'dissipated prince evolved into a model king.'"--Booklist (starred review)

"[A] marvelously rich biography of Edward VII . . . Readers both general and specialized will delight in Ridley's work; it raises the bar for royal biographies to come."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A highly readable, definitive biography of Queen Victoria's son, the 'black sheep of Buckingham Palace, ' who matured into an effective monarch . . . [A] top-notch life of the king . . . There is no shortage of biographies of Edward VII, but this thick, lucid and lively history deserves pride of place on the shelf."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] splendid new biography."--The Guardian

"Profoundly learned and a cracking good read."--The Spectator

"Ridley has written a marvellous biography. Her book is racy and pacy, filled with delicious descriptions of grand Edwardian shooting parties, cutting-edge fashion and, of course, a string of beautiful society women. But she is never trivial, and nor is her Bertie."--The Mail on Sunday

"Ridley's definitive biography is a remarkable achievement. Entertaining, readable and illuminating, this much-anticipated reappraisal of a fascinating life is a brilliant tour de force."--Bridlington Free Press

"Bertie, as he was universally known, couldn't do anything without it being commented on and often distorted. Though the gossip columnists had plenty of material to work with, they only told part of the story. [Ridley] does an excellent job of redressing the balance."--Financial Times