HELEN RAPPAPORT studied Russian at Leeds University and is a specialist in Russian and nineteenth-century women's history. She lives in Oxford. She is the author of books including The Last Days of the Romanovs and A Magnificent Obsession.
<p> A Magnificent Obsession will immerse you in history . . . Rappaport's book brings alive an almost forgotten time. A must-read if you love British history. -- British Weekly <p> <p> A fluid and astute writer, Rappaport delivers a historically discerning portrait of Victoria in the 1860s. -- Booklist <p> <p> Rappaport offers an absorbing, perceptive, and detailed picture of a constitutional monarchy in crisis. -- Publishers Weekly <p> <p> An absorbing account of the making of a queen through her awful, protracted grief. -- Kirkus Reviews <p>Praise for The Last Days of the Romanovs <p> As shocking and immediate as a thriller. . . . [A] gripping read. -- People magazine (3 1/2 stars)<p> Quite simply, stunning. . . . Chilling and poignant, this is how history books should be written. --Alison Weir, author of Henry VIII: The King and His Court