Robert Hardman – Queen of Our Times

Queen Of Our Times is the definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth II by one of Britain’s leading royal authorities, Robert Hardman.

Hardman explores the full, astonishing life of our longest reigning monarch in his authoritative yet intimate biography. Drawing on insights from those who knew her best and special access to unseen royal papers granted by Elizabeth II herself, Hardman offers a compelling study of a quietly determined woman who during her reign faced everything from threats to her life to constitutional crises, via family squabbles and untimely deaths. It’s a tale of dynastic survival and renewal, spanning abdication, war, romance and tragedy. Hardman offers a sharply detailed portrait of a leader who remains as intriguing today as the day she came to the throne aged twenty-five.

This commemorative edition includes an epilogue reflecting upon Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, her passing and her funeral.



‘There are a lot of royal books out there this year, but Robert Hardman’s majestic treatment of the late Queen reigns glorious over all of them…Closely observed, incisive and exhaustive: The Crown for people who appreciate an index with sources.’ The Sunday Times (Book of the Year)

‘Hardman’s exhaustive and endlessly enthusiastic biography paints a vivid picture of a phenomenal sovereign.’ The Telegraph

‘This is a beautifully-crafted, deeply informed and rounded portrait of the gold standard monarch and the age to which she has given her name. Queen of Our Times has depth, feel and insight in abundance’ Peter Hennessy

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Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


23 Apr 2023


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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