AUTHORS

A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and awarding-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent novel, Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London.

BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

REVIEWS

An outstanding biography, first published 25 years ago when it deservedly won great praise and prizes... Wilson is an ideal biographer
Daily Mail

Magisterial... Wilson has an advantage over a mere biographer, looking not to judge his subject but to fully understand the inspirations behind his great works
Daily Express

Wilson is a playful biographer, whose pithiest points are made with a frivolity in gratifying contrast to Tolstoy's odiously sententious disciples
Spectator

Believe it or not, this is a work of genius
The Times

[Wilson's] voyage is a personal one, and it's well worth following because, apart from anything else, he has studied his subject with dedication and scholarship.
The Oldie

The Book of the People is a wide-ranging and richly stimulating enquiry into what the Bible is, what it means, how it works, and how hopelessly wrong the plodding fundamentalists of both atheist and religious persuasions are about it.
Sunday Times

Wilson's delightful and unexpectedly moving book is characterised by intellectual humility
New Statesman

Richly stimulating
The Sunday Times

It's rare to want a book to be longer....thought-provoking and never less than entertaining
Sunday Telegraph

An elegant and insightful book
The Independent

[A] fascinating and superbly researched biography
Mail on Sunday

An accessible guide to reading the Bible ... [A.N. Wilson] says difficult and challenging things in a light and easy way, and makes the reader feel that the Bible will be a delight rather than a burden to read.
Times Literary Supplement

[A] splendid biography - this book is a gem: thoughtful, witty, insightful, striking a balance between political commentary and personal gossip... As this terrific biography shows, there really was a human being behind the gloomy portraits.Dominic Sandbrook
Evening Standard

Subtle, thoughtful ... a shimmering and rather wonderful biographyKathryn Hughes
Guardian

Wilson is affectionately alert to the rich contradictions of his subject's personality, and his deliciously readable biography becomes increasingly fascinating as Victoria's reign unfolds.Jane Shilling
Daily Mail - Book of the Week

This superb revisionist biography is the book that he was born to write. Wilson clearly loves and admires his subject, but this is a critical biography - funny, insightful, original and authoritative. At last Victoria has been rescued from her widow's weeds.Jane Ridley
Spectator

A. N. Wilson brings his novelist's perception and immense knowledge of the era to his effervescent biography of the tiny woman (4ft 11in) who ruled Britain for 61 years... This won't be the last biography of Victoria but it is certainly the most interesting and original in a long time.Daisy Goodwin
Sunday Times

Ninety-five years ago, the standard was set by Lytton Strachey's lucid and moving Queen Victoria but A. N. Wilson has now raised the bar... And what a pity she never met A. N. Wilson: she shines in his company ... [this] expansive and victorious book.Frances Wilson
Daily Telegraph

A. N. Wilson has written a sympathetic but by no means hagiographic biography of her that will probably overturn many people's prejudiced conception of her... Wilson's picture of her is a rounded one, with her vices and virtues.Theodore Dalrymple
The Times

A biographer of Queen Victoria also needs to be a good historian, with a confident grasp of the personalities and issues of 19th-century public life. Mr Wilson is at his best here... This is a bracing biography of a bracing woman ... it undeniably achieves its central aim to make us take Queen Victoria more seriously.Michael Hall
Country Life

Wilson is an excellent history teacher. He orders and narrates the hugely complex socio-political events and party infighting of the 19th century with a rare clarity... His own achievement, sustained by a lifetime's scholarly fascination with the Victorian era, is also in its way, awesome.John Sutherland
Financial Times

Few if any previous biographers have viewed her as incisively and absorbingly as Wilson does in his... smoothly flowing treatment of the queen's long life. The considerable detail he brings to his greatly balanced portrait not only strengthens his estimation of the significance of the queen in British governmental history but also successfully conveys for the general reader all the nuances of character that Wilson so carefully shares.Brad Hooper
Booklist, starred review