Mathew Lyons: author

Mathew's latest book, The Favourite, was published by Constable & Robinson in the UK on 24 March 2011. It is the first book to focus on the love affair between Elizabeth I and Walter Ralegh.

Helen Castor, acclaimed author of She-Wolves and Blood and Roses, says: ‘The Favourite is wonderful. Elegant and intriguing – a seductive portrait of a fascinating relationship. I couldn't put it down.’

The Favourite has been selected as a History Today summer read by historian Linda Porter.

Copies of The Favourite can now be ordered from Amazon, direct from Constable & Robinson and from all good bookshops.

Mathew was interviewed by George Goodwin, author of Fatal Colours, at the Chiswick Book Festival on 17 September. Photos of the event are online here. He previously appeared at the Ways With Words festival in Cumbria in March.

Read Mathew's blog here. His recent article for London Historians on Reimagining Tudor London is available here.

He is currently researching his next book.

To contact Mathew, please email

Mathew's literary agent is Sarah Such of Sarah Such Literary Agency. Her email address is

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