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Guest Editor for October - Philippa Gregory Guest Editor - Philippa Gregory

Our Guest Editor slot gives you a chance to discover a new author and find out more about the books and authors who have influenced them in their writing.


Guest Editor's Featured Books

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
The Lady of the Rivers
Philippa Gregory
September 2011 Book of the Month. Fact and fiction are woven beautifully together to bring to life the story of Jacquetta Woodville, mother of the White Queen in this 3rd installment of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
The Women of the Cousins' War : The Duchess, the Queen and the King's Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin, Michael Jones
The Women of the Cousins' War : The Duchess, the Queen and the King's Mother
Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin, Michael Jones
A study of the women, Elizabeth Woodville, Jacquetta of Luxembourg and Margaret Beaufort, behind Philippa Gregory’s cycle of novels, The Cousins’ War. This is also a welcome examination of historical fiction, the role of women in history and the truth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
The White Queen
Philippa Gregory
A 2013 World Book Night selection. This is a must for any of you who devour their historical fiction. Focusing on one of the most scandalous and intriguing times in British history The White Queen centres around Elizabeth Woodville, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
The Red Queen
Philippa Gregory
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011. April 2011 Book of the Month. The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins' War, brings to life the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2011
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
The Other Queen
Philippa Gregory
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 20 November 2008. A former Author of the Month on Lovereading Philippa Gregory is back with another fantastic historical novel, this time the focus in the "other queen" Mary Queen of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2008
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
The Boleyn Inheritance
Philippa Gregory
Interestingly told from the point of view of three women, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and the dreadful Jane Boleyn, this is the Tudor Court brought vividly to life again by a real pro. What a violent and frightening man...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 01/05/2007
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Constant Princess
Philippa Gregory
Katherine of Aragon may be better known as the first wife of Henry VIII but as a young girl she was being groomed to be the wife of a King and she herself was determined to become Queen. She married...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 02/05/2006
The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
The Virgin's Lover
Philippa Gregory
Based on fact but infused with Gregory's own take on history, this is an inspiring and sumptuous novel with Elizabeth I at centre stage. It's full of romance, scheming, intrigue and passion with Robert Dudley a key player in Elizabeth's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/04/2005
The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
The Queen's Fool
Philippa Gregory
Full of convincing historical facts of the Tudor period and intertwined with rich authentic drama this is Philippa Gregory at her best. She writes quite brilliantly about the massive power struggle between Elizabeth and Mary, and a girl under the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2004
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The Other Boleyn Girl
Philippa Gregory
This is an absolutely cracking read, gripping from the very start. Gregory creates an intriguing story that's historically true and she mixes fact with fiction seemlessly that you find the whole story completely believable. Anne Boleyn's sister led an extraordinary...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 07/10/2002

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Guest Editor's Chosen Authors

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and Damned
F. Scott Fitzgerald
October 2011 Guest Editor Philippa Gregory on F. Scott Fitzgerald... I have just re-read this and constantly admired the economy of Fitzgerald. He can write poignant paragraphs that come out of almost nothing, as a reader you can hardly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2004
Fanny Herself (Dodo Press) by Edna Ferber
Fanny Herself (Dodo Press)
Edna Ferber
October 2011 Guest Editor Philippa Gregory on Edna Ferber... I had a gap in my reading this summer and asked my friend, a Profesor of Literature to suggest something I had never read. I specified that it had to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
Butcher and Bolt by David Loyn
Butcher and Bolt
David Loyn
October 2011 Guest Editor Philippa Gregory on David Loyn... I am an historian by absolute instinct and I have been thinking about Afghanistan and so read Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and then this pacey history of European intervention in what...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
History Play : The Lives and After-life of Christopher Marlowe by Rodney Bolt
History Play : The Lives and After-life of Christopher Marlowe
Rodney Bolt
October 2011 Guest Editor Philippa Gregory on Rodney Bolt... I am beginning to think that I am addicted to this book. I have read and re-read it. I love its shameless exploitation of history, its utter determination to tell...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2005

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Philippa Gregory our Guest Editor for October October 2011 Guest Editor - Philippa Gregory Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire. Click here to visit Philippa Gregory's website. Author photo © Sigrid Estrada

Philippa Gregory on...

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have just re-read this and constantly admired the economy of Fitzgerald. He can write poignant paragraphs that come out of almost nothing, as a reader you can hardly tell what he is doing, but you emerge from the novel feeling emotionally wrung. It’s the story of the most glamorous couple on the French Riviera, and slowly you understand that much of their beauty is a façade, and that even their passion is something that will pass.

Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber

I had a gap in my reading this summer and asked my friend, a Profesor of Literature to suggest something I had never read. I specified that it had to have lovely clothes in it (I was feeling frivolous). She suggested Edna Ferber and so I discovered this great American writer whose work had, until now, entirely passed me by. Marooned in English literature I simply had not heard of her, and discovered to my shame that she is the author of Show Boat a play that I love.

Butcher and Bolt by David Loyn

I am an historian by absolute instinct and I have been thinking about Afghanistan and so read Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and then this pacey history of European intervention in what the Victorians called the North west Frontier – meaning Afghanistan, north-west of India. Loyn tells some extraordinary stories of heroism and folly as the British pursued their imperial mission into Afghanistan and failed in some of the most brutal incidents.

History Play by Rodney Bolt

I am beginning to think that I am addicted to this book. I have read and re-read it. I love its shameless exploitation of history, its utter determination to tell its own viewpoint, I love its sense of magic and the way that it brings Shakespeare’s plays into the life of Europe at the time, and the way that Bolt pursues an extraordinary theory about the authorship with such energy.

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