Hector Bolitho was born in Auckland, New Zealand. A novelist and biographer, he published fifty-nine books over the span of his career. Bolitho came from a well-connected family, and he travelled the South Seas and New Zealand with his friend, the then Prince of Wales, in 1920.
Bolitho moved to Sydney in 1921, where he became editor of the Shakespearean Quarterly and drama critic of the Evening News. He spent the mid-twenties travelling in Africa, Canada, and America, before settling in Britain, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, Bolitho joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) as an intelligence officer. He edited the Royal Air Force Weekly Bulletin, and later the Royal Air Force Journal. In 1942 he was appointed editor of the Coastal Command Intelligence Review.
Bolitho’s novels and biographies span a range of subjects, but generally have a historical or political focus. He was particularly interested in Victorian England, and many of his works of fiction were set in his home country, New Zealand.
Albert the Good, A Life of the Prince Consort (1932)
Alfred Mond, First Lord Melchett (1933)
The Prince Consort and His Brother (1934)
James Lyle MacKay, First Earl of Inchcape (1936)
King Edward VIII: His Life and Reign (1937)
Royal Progress: One Hundred Years of British Monarchy (1937)
George VI (1937)
Victoria and Albert (1938)
War in the Strand, A Notebook of the First Two and a Half Years in London (1942)
The Romance of Windsor Castle (1947)
The Reign of Queen Victoria (1948)
A Century of British Monarchy (1951)
Their Majesties (1951)
No 10, Downing Street: 1660 – 1900 (1957)