Philippa Gregory
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Philippa Gregory

Born in Kenya in 1954, Philippa Gregory moved to England with her family and was educated in Bristol and at the National Council for the Training of Journalists course in Cardiff. She worked as a senior reporter on the Portsmouth News, and as a journalist and producer for BBC Radio.

Philippa obtained a BA degree in History at the University of Sussex in Brighton and a PhD at Edinburgh University in 18th-century literature. Her first novel, Wideacre, was written as she completed her PhD and became an instant worldwide bestseller. On its publication, she became a full-time writer.

Wideacre was followed by a haunting sequel, The Favoured Child, and the delightful happy ending of the trilogy: Meridon. This novel was listed in Feminist Book Fortnight and for the Romantic Novel of the Year at the same time.

Her next book was The Wise Woman, a dazzling, disturbing novel of dark powers and desires set against the rich tapestry of the Reformation. Then came Fallen Skies, an evocative realistic story set after the First World War. Her novel A Respectable Trade took her back to the 18th century where her knowledge of the slave trade and her home town of Bristol explored the human cost of slavery. Gregory adapted her book for a highly acclaimed BBC television production which won the prize for drama from the Commission for Racial Equality and was shortlisted for a BAFTA for the screenplay.

Next came Earthly Joys and Virgin Earth, based on the true-life story of father and son both named John Tradescant working in the upheaval of the English Civil War. In these works Gregory pioneered the genre which has become her own: fictional biography, the true story of a real person brought to life with research and verve.

The jewel in the crown of this new style was undoubtedly The Other Boleyn Girl, a runaway bestseller which stormed the US market and then went worldwide telling the story of the little-known sister to Anne Boleyn. Now published globally, this classic historical novel won the Parker Pen Novel of the Year award 2002 and the Romantic Times fictional biography award. The Other Boleyn Girl was adapted for the BBC as a single television drama and by Sony as a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn, Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn and Eric Bana as Henry VIII.

After adding five more novels to her Tudor Court series including The Constant Princess and The Queen's Fool, two of her best-loved works, Philippa moved back in time to write about the family that preceded the Tudors, the Plantagenets. Her bestselling six-book Cousins' War series tells the story of the bloody struggle for the throne in the Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the women behind the scenes. The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter were adapted by the BBC and Starz in 2013 as the hugely popular TV miniseries The White Queen.

Having completed The Cousins' War series with The King's Curse, Philippa has come full circle back to the Tudor court. Her latest novel is about Margaret Tudor, the older sister of Henry VIII: Three Sisters, Three Queens. Her other work in progress is the young adult series The Order of Darkness, set in medieval Italy after the fall of Constantinople, feared at the time to be a sign of the end of the world.

A regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, with short stories, features and reviews, Philippa is also a frequent broadcaster, a regular contestant on Round Britain Quiz for BBC Radio 4 and the Tudor expert for Channel 4's Time Team. As well as her extensive array of historical novels she has written modern novels, children's books, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book with David Baldwin and Michael Jones: The Women of the Cousins' War.

She lives in the North of England with her family and in addition to interests that include riding, walking, skiing and gardening (an interest born from research into the Tradescant family for her novel Virgin Earth) she also runs a small charity building wells in school gardens in The Gambia.

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Best Sellers

    • The Lady of the Rivers

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717

    Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Philippa back on track

    • By Bonnie-Ann on 11-26-11

    Regular price: $31.47

    • White Queen

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870

    Brother turns on brother. The throne of England is at stake. The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Prep for Starz Drama

    • By FanB14 on 06-27-13

    Regular price: $28.30

    • Three Sisters, Three Queens

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

    As sisters they share an everlasting bond; As queens they can break each other's hearts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By I like to shop on 10-05-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Other Boleyn Girl

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Phillipa Gregory Takes You There

    • By Theodore on 11-20-11

    Regular price: $37.75

    • The Last Tudor

    • Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 904
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 816
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815

    Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe I'm Easily Impressed...

    • By Mel on 08-16-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Red Queen

    • A Novel
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,946
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

    Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, unsympathetic heroine

    • By Karin on 09-12-10

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The White Princess

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Paid by the Word? Double for "the boy"?

    • By Lisa on 08-14-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Boleyn Inheritance

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, Charlotte Parry
    • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480

    From the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl comes a novel about three women whose positions brought them wealth, power, deceit, and terror in England after the death of Anne Boleyn....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Theodore on 11-20-11

    Regular price: $28.30

    • The Taming of the Queen

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

    Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You'd better like repetition

    • By A customer on 09-17-15

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624

    The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The story is starting to wear thin

    • By Dawn M. Irvin on 10-23-13

    Regular price: $27.99

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