Julia Baird’s biography of Queen Victoria is not the first. But this modern take on a female leader written by a highly regarded political journalist is an important addition. Crowned at just 18, Victoria went on to rule over a quarter of the world’s population – and a busy household with nine children. Julia talks to Annabel Crabb about this robust, sometimes controversial but powerful woman who still influences our world. 

Julia Baird (Australian)

Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV, and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and The New York Times, along with investigative reports for ABC News. Her most recent book, best selling Victoria: The Queen was published in several countries and was called one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. She also has a PhD in history.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest.