I had wanted to read a book about Victoria for quite some time. It was a gap in my knowledge so to speak. I really enjoyed this book. Baird writes very well, and in many places this read like a novel. I was a bit disappointed in Victoria the person and found myself thinking many times that she needed to get over herself. She also played much less of a role in administering the British Empire than I would have thought. The biography focused mostly on her personal life, and while it was very interesting, I would have liked to have seen more on the international relations of the time.