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Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.

1521. Young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, maid in waiting and favourite of Queen Katherine of Aragon.   

Yet Mary catches the eye of the capricious king, and - propelled by the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn family - she betrays her queen and takes her place as Henry VIII’s new mistress.   

But while Mary is in childbed, a rival comes to court: her sister Anne, a young woman ruthless in her drive to become queen.  

With her own destiny unknown and the Boleyn enemies gathering, Mary must defy her family - and command her own fate.   

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Mary’s story. 

Please note: new audio available as of 13 September 2018. 

©2001 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Philippa Gregory: "Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (Daily Telegraph)

"Subtle and exciting." (Daily Express)

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Audible.... Erm edit please 🤭

Fantastic book
Fabulous story
Brilliantly read BUT all the edits are still in there!! Audible please sort so this can be a perfect listen for others!!!!

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Wonderful - but needs an edit

Wonderful story and well read by Kirby - however, needs some editing for the repeated lines that litter the story.

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Great book ruined by poor editing

I loved this book in print and was so excited to see that an unabridged version was soon to be released. However, this version is ruined by some incredibly poor editing. There are several points where words or phrases are repeated, for example. At one point there's three separate repeated phrases in just 2 minutes! This really ruined it for me to hear the same phrase repeated but in a slightly different tone of voice and really is something that should have been picked up before the audio book was released.

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A distraction in editing

Philippa Gregory's work is, as usual, superb here, but this audiobook suffers from - and I'm no expert in this so I can only guess - some sloppy editing. There are numerous repetitions of preceding phrases or half-sentences, which the narrator has expressed in a slightly different way or with different emphases that I can only imagine were not edited out before the book was issued. It doesn't seriously detract from the book itself, but there are a biggish number of times that these hiccups occur and it's slightly distracting. That's the only reason for my three stars.

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Fantastic

Absolutely loved this booked, brilliant and so well read - I enjoyed every second of this book

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Captivating

Honestly, you won’t be able to stop listening, hoovering, cooking, walking the dog it’s an addictive story, and Philippa Gregory a clever clever woman.
Oh and Vanessa Kirby an inspired reader, just a hop and a leap back in time from Princess Margaret.