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 is a journalist, broadcaster and author of Victoria: The Queen. She hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for the The Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is a writer and broadcaster for the ABC, writes a weekly opinion column for Fairfax, is the author of the bestselling book The Wife Drought and is a sought-after speaker and presenter. As host of the ABC's enormously popular series Kitchen Cabinet, Annabel has broken bread with Australia's most influential political leaders and shared her magnificent desserts in kitchens around the country. She broadcasts a top-rating podcast (Chat10 Looks3) with friend and colleague Leigh Sales and her latest book is Special Delivery, a cookbook with Wendy Sharpe.