John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria's Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family and Alfred - Queen Victoria's Second Son and Prussian Princesses for Fonthill . He lives in Devon.
"When you read Van der Kiste you know that you're reading someone who knows much more than he's telling you rather than a writer who has managed to shoehorn in every bit of research that he's done. He easily places Lynne in the context of the musical scene at the time and also within what was happening in other spheres. It was a pleasure to read..."-- "The Bookbag"