Jane Ridley is a historian, biographer, broadcaster, reviewer, and Professor of Modern History at the University of Buckingham. She established the university’s MA in Biography in 1996. This was the first postgraduate course of its kind. She is the current Chairman of the Biographers’ Club.
Jane Ridley won the Duff Cooper Prize for The Architect and his Wife, a biography of her great-grandfather Edwin Lutyens. She wrote an acclaimed biography of Bertie: A Life of Edward VII, and this was followed by Queen Victoria: Queen, Empress, Matriarch for the Penguin Monarchs series. In 2021 she published a major new biography, George V: Never a Dull Moment.