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My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley

'You are my sister now,' Victoria said, quietly and solemnly. 'Never forget it. I love you like a sister, and you are my only friend in all the world.' Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Miss V's father has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess, which he calls the Kensington System. It governs her behaviour and keeps her locked away from the world. He says it is for the princess's safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it is to keep her lonely, and unhappy. Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the wilful and passionate Victoria, Miss V has a decision to make: to continue in silence, or to speak out. By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria's childhood as you've never heard it before

I requested this book for review ages ago knowing I would love it and I certainly did so much so that I'm currently awaiting my preorder of a signed edition to drop through my letterbox from waterstones any day now.. For me Lucy's Worsley's historical fiction really hits the spot. It's well informed and clever and I can gladly recommend it to my students without worrying that they'll get really misinformed ideas about the historical period covered.

I've been a bit geeky over Queen Victoria of late. I didn't see the show on ITV about her early reign but I read the book linked to it and was left wanting more and this book helps to prolong my geeky obsession. I've ended up fascinated about young Victoria and the left she lived prior to becoming Queen and the challenges she faced from the way she was forced to live under the Kensington system and how she broke free of it once she was able.

My Name is Victoria focuses on Victoria as a child and shows you how the Kensington System worked and gives you real insight into how life may have been like for Young Victoria. I really enjoyed getting to know her and see how her friendship with the daughter of the man controlling her develops and hers to change her path for the future.

All in all historical fiction I can rave about. I loved it and want more like it from Lucy Worsley.


This book is really high on my wishlist - I've seen so many recommendations for it, including one from Stephanie Burgis who is a favourite author of mine. My name is Victoria just sounds like a really unique read :)