In June 1837, the 18-year-old Victoria wakes up to find that she is queen of the most powerful nation in the world. But will she be queen in her own right, or a puppet controlled by her mother and the sinister Sir John Conroy? Can this tiny girl prevail against the men who believe that women are too hysterical to rule? This is the latest novel from the creator of the ITV Sunday night drama Victoria and author of the bestselling My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter. Actress Anna Wilson Jones, who plays Lady Portman in Victoria, will join them on stage to read extracts from the book.