Matthew Dennison is the author of five works of non-fiction. He read English at Christ Church, Oxford, as Douglas Jerrold Scholar, and afterwards the History of Decorative Arts at the University of Glasgow. His thesis – on Sevres porcelain hyacinth pots – was subsequently published in abridged form by Country Life.
His first biography, The Last Princess: the devoted life of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2007 and became a Hatchards number one bestseller; it has been published in nine UK editions to date. Empress of Rome: The Life of Livia was published by Quercus in 2010 and was followed in 2012 by The Twelve Caesars, published by Atlantic, a Daily Mail Book of the Week, acclaimed by The Spectator as “magnificent”. In the summer of 2013, William Collins published his biography of Queen Victoria, Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions, described by Hugo Vickers in The Times as “a tremendous coup”. All four titles have been published in the States by St Martin’s Press.
Matthew’s biography of Vita Sackville-West, Behind the Mask, was published by William Collins in October 2014 and became a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Times, The Independent, The Observer, and The Spectator. The US edition has just been released. He is currently working on a biography of Queen Caroline of Ansbach for HarperCollins.
Matthew is a journalist and regular contributor to a range of publications, including Country Life, The Spectator and Telegraph Magazine; he contributed to ‘Queen Victoria’s Children’ and ‘Royal Cousins at War’ for BBC 2 and ‘The Queen’s Longest Reign’ for BBC1.
He is married and divides his time between North Wales and Shropshire.