Selected Works

"Pure. Reading. Pleasure. Like cake, only good for you."
"A clever, surprisingly substantial take on the life of Jacqueline Onassis. . . . Both respectful and scintillating."
Kirkus Reviews
"There’s plenty to admire in this rollicking romp of a biography, which puts the pursuit of pleasure — both Disraeli’s and ours — at its heart."
Mail on Sunday
"An engrossing double biography."
—Sunday Times
"A timely contribution to scholarly research on a topic of great interest and fascination."
Journal of Modern History

Excerpts from book reviews

"You’ll come away thinking Her Majesty, at least this fictional one, charming, caring, thoughtful and brave. . . . A delightful escape. We can only hope there are more train rides in Her Majesty’s future."
USA Today

"A charmer of a first novel. . . . This Elizabeth is delightful, slyly funny company. You’ll never look at the real one the same way again."
People Magazine

"Kuhn’s first novel ought to find an avid readership among the filmgoers who flocked to The King’s Speech and The Queen. In fact, among the most delectable moments are when courtiers and queen reflect, with rue and occasional appreciation, upon the accuracy of such films."
Kirkus Reviews

"This book is the perfect cup of tea for the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Give it to lovers of all things British."

"It's almost impossible to review Mrs Queen without using the word charming. This romp stars the very private Queen Elizabeth as she experiences the day to day world in which we commoners live."

If The Art of Fielding had a baby with The Uncommon Reader, we might get Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, a wonderful novel that is simply and utterly a joy to read from beginning to end. Centered around a group of disparate characters who step in to save the day when Queen Elizabeth goes missing, this novel has a light, breezy style, engaging characters, witty dialogue, unlikely yet fully believable situations and brilliant pacing, and while Mrs. Queen is completely enjoyable, it is not fluff. William Kuhn deftly deals with serious topics in an entertaining format. Absolutely delightful!

Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books
"This lucid, amply detailed catalogue of Onassis's publishing projects offers a window into her passions and opaque personality."
Publishers Weekly

"This is a revealing, readable, and insightful book. Readers of biographies of iconic figures will eat this up, as may 20th-century American history or women’s studies buffs. Kuhn’s respectful approach would probably have met with Onassis’s approval."
Library Journal

"This is not a startling exposé, but a graceful, perceptive and respectful look (with a bit of behind-the-scenes eavesdropping) at a most unlikely working girl. Kuhn teases out clues to the former First Lady’s inner workings through the often controversial book projects that she chose, such as books on Russian culture, the power of myth, the life of Martha Graham and a book of erotic and alluring women (which included images, ironically, of Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas)."
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The Politics of Pleasure: A Portrait of Benjamin Disraeli
"A free-wheeling polemic, that is sometimes brilliant, often outrageous, always good humored."
—Jane Ridley, The Spectator

Henry & Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria
"One of the curious aspects of the British public's relationship with monarchy has been a consistent mix of veneration and ribaldry, loyalty and laughter. It is heartening to discover in William Kuhn's history of Victorian court life that this affectionate mockery extended right up to Her Majesty's Private Secretary."
—Tristram Hunt, BBC History Magazine

"History writing at its brightest and most bold"
Sunday Telegraph

"An excellent book, instructive as well as highly entertaining, and deserves a literary prize"
The Spectator

"Enthusiastically recommended, [an] intimate portrayal of court life which offers unique insights into the recent history of Great Britain's royal family in general, and the court of Queen Victoria in particular"
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Democratic Royalism: The Transformation of the British Monarchy, 1861-1914
"Where others see coronations, royal jubilees and thanksgivings as empty ritual and 'invented tradition,' Kuhn sees them as symbolic moments, which, drawing on precedent, created unity, social stability, and national pride. Moreover, 'democratic royalism'... made government 'entertaining to watch' and transformed 'the dull duties of citizenship into moving lively, even amusing theatre.'"
—Frank Prochaska, History Today