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.
"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 "A fluid and astute writer, Rappaport delivers a historically discerning portrait of Victoria in the 1860s." --Booklist "Rappaport offers an absorbing, perceptive, and detailed picture of a constitutional monarchy in crisis." --Publishers Weekly "An absorbing account of the making of a queen through her awful, protracted grief." --Kirkus Reviews "As shocking and immediate as a thriller. . . . [A] gripping read." --People magazine (3 1/2 stars) on The Last Days of the Romanovs "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, on The Last Days of the Romanovs