Matthew Dennison is the author of ten critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including the international bestseller, The Queen, which has been published across the globe.
An acknowledged authority on royal history and the Royal Family, he has appeared on television from Australia to the Arab states.
His books include biographies of children’s authors Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and Kenneth Grahame, as well as two works of Roman history. ‘Teller of the Unexpected: The Life of Roald Dahl’ was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4; his life of Vita Sackville-West, ‘Behind the Mask’, was a Book of the Year in The Times, Observer, Independent and Spectator. In 2017, he was invited by the Royal Collection to write an afterword to the story Sackville-West wrote for the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House in 1923. His biography of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Beatrice - 'The Last Princess' - inspired a new ballet by Northern Ballet.
He read English, as Douglas Jerrold Scholar, at Christ Church, Oxford, and afterwards the History of Decorative Arts at the University of Glasgow, specialising in mid-eighteenth-century Continental ceramics. He is a features writer for Country Life and The Daily Telegraph, a research associate of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York, is married and lives on the Welsh border in Montgomeryshire.