Irving’s biography of Queen Elizabeth examines the path Her Majesty, and the world has taken since her coronation.
“I wanted to write a book I felt only I could write,” he said. “It was a lucky accident that my career spans basically the same years that the queen does. If you’re in the same line of business for seven decades as she’s been, you’re not the same person at the end as you are at the beginning.”
According to Irving, the monarchy is increasingly rare and outdated, and his book evaluates how she has been able to ensure the monarchy’s relevancy. “It’s astonishing that the queen has been able to hold together the institution for as long as she has,” he said. “She’s gone through some important and visible changes during that time, and each of the changes she’s gone through has been driven by the way she’s handled particular crises.”