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)

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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)

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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 (Chat 10 Looks 3) with friend and colleague Leigh Sales and her latest book is Special Delivery, a cookbook with Wendy Sharpe.