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 newest 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 Last Tudor

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half sister Mary....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the book but was confused by the muddle of the recording.

    • By Lin on 12-08-17

    Regular price: £15.99

    • Wideacre

    • Wideacre, Book 1
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 26 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 229

    Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • More like "50 shades of grey".....

    • By Amazon Customer on 14-10-17

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Other Queen

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Alex Kingston, Madeleine Leslay
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Mary Queen of Scots, fleeing rebellion in her kingdom, is offered a safe haven by Elizabeth I with George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.... 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Differing vocal levels

    • By D. Gillespie on 14-11-18

    Regular price: £8.49

    • The Lady of the Rivers

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Tracy-Ann Oberman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    Jacquetta, daughter of the count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This is NOT unabridged

    • By K. M. Woodhouse on 26-07-16

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The White Queen

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Frustrated about unabridged version not available

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £14.39

    • The Constant Princess

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
    • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    1491. Henry VII’s eldest son, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, has been betrothed since childhood to the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring.

    • By Mrs Harriet Watson on 18-09-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Boleyn Inheritance

    • The Tudor Court, Book 4
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner, Georgia Maguire, Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 34

    Anne of Cleves wins the dangerous prize of becoming Henry VIII’s fourth wife. From the start, Anne’s royal blood, education and fierce intelligence count for nothing as the king pursues young Katherine Howard.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Patricia on 14-04-19

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Other Boleyn Girl

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Kirby
    • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 69

    Young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, maid in waiting and favourite of Queen Katherine of Aragon.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful - but needs an edit

    • By Daisy on 15-08-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Red Queen

    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Emily Watson, Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wicked woman wins!

    • By Kirstine on 04-02-12

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The King's Curse

    • Cousins' War Book 6
    • By: Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
    • Length: 24 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272

    The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Irritating if you're english!

    • By Jane de Nagle Costello on 21-01-15

    Regular price: £19.99

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