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 4,302
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,888

    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

    • The Constant Princess

    • The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
    • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. But tragically, aged only 15, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his 16-year-old bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother, Henry....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best performance I’ve heard

    • By Jimmy Jackson on 03-19-19

    Regular price: $28.34

    • White Queen

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167

    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

    • The White Princess

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 19 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

    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

    • The King's Curse

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,651
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

    Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A DISAPPOINTING ENDING TO AN GOOD SERIES

    • By The Louligan on 09-14-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Red Queen

    • A Novel
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

    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 Other Boleyn Girl

    • The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Kirby
    • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • narrator was excellent!

    • By Woods on 02-07-19

    Regular price: $28.34

    • 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 3,311
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980

    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 Kingmaker's Daughter

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,088
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840

    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

    • The Virgin's Lover

    • The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 3
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
    • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    A riveting and scandalous love triangle between a young woman on the brink of greatness, a young man whose ambition far exceeds his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved

    • By lanelle blailock on 06-21-19

    Regular price: $28.34

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