,
Philippa Gregory

more photos (1)


#16 most followed

Philippa Gregory’s Followers (31,972)

member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
Simon &...
1,566 books | 3,934 friends

Touchst...
325 books | 2,770 friends


Philippa Gregory

Goodreads Author


Born
in Kenya
Website

Twitter

Genre

Member Since
October 2012

URL


Philippa Gregory is one of the world’s foremost historical novelists. She wrote her first ever novel, Wideacre, when she was completing her PhD in eighteenth-century literature and it sold worldwide, heralding a new era for historical fiction.

Her flair for blending history and imagination developed into a signature style and Philippa went on to write many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen.

Now a recognised authority on women’s history, Philippa graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent and was made Alumna of the Year in 2009. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Uni
...more

Philippa Gregory is currently not accepting new questions.

Popular Answered Questions

Philippa Gregory I have a very strict rule on this! No woman should wish to live before 1960 – life without reliable contraception was always a constant anxiety. No wo…moreI have a very strict rule on this! No woman should wish to live before 1960 – life without reliable contraception was always a constant anxiety. No woman who wants political power could be happy before we got the vote in the 1920s. No woman wanting an education should live in any period before women were admitted to universities and could graduate – so the 1920s for the UK. No married woman could own her own property before 1870 – you fundamentally became part of your husband's estate. In short, despite the dresses and the jewels for the upper classes the best time to be a woman in the western world is probably now. (less)
Philippa Gregory Alas, poor me! I really hate the sort of trolling that occurs from time to time, and I am amazed at the tone that people think appropriate to write ab…moreAlas, poor me! I really hate the sort of trolling that occurs from time to time, and I am amazed at the tone that people think appropriate to write about someone, or even to write to them. A lot of the most spiteful people are not trained historians – so they haven't learned the habit of detachment from the subject – they write as if they are defending an unjustly accused personal friend, whereas the reputation of these characters is something which can be rightly and carefully considered, and the people lived 500 years ago! At all the universities where I have taught or studied there is an absolute commitment to scholarly discussion which should never be personal or rude, and is supposed to get you – by the exchange of views and information – to a greater truth. So it is surprising and even shocking when people just rant. But often they forget that the books are novels, they are fiction and though based on fact they are supposed to be works of literature with their own narrative arc and language. I am not obliged to record everything that happened or even the whole of the life. The other thing that people seem to forget is that the books are almost all written from a point of view – often it's not what I think of a character, but what the narrator thinks of a character. You can see this really well in the contrast between The White Queen which was written from the point of view of Elizabeth Woodville, and The Red Queen which was written from the point of view of Margaret Beaufort. Their opinions of each other are those of rivals and sometimes friends and ultimately enemies – but I don't think of Elizabeth Woodville as a conniving sexually manipulative witch – that's Margaret Beaufort's opinion. My job is to get into her head, so as to invite the reader into her head and let the reader see the world through Margaret Beaufort's eyes with her prejudices and her mistakes. AND (as if this weren't complicated enough) Margaret Beaufort does not know all the history that I know, she does not know what happens after her death, so her account of the times is not what I would write if I were writing history. She's a fictional character in my novel and her view is a fictional account from a very limited idiosyncratic point of view. And finally – sorry for such a long answer – I think the controversy is the downside of success. More than 9 million people read my books – naturally a proportion of them won't enjoy them, or prefer one to another, or prefer the tv or the films. But on the other hand I enjoy a lot of praise and I get great reviews and I number some of the great historians of the period among my personal friends. The best response is from the readers who have been inspired to study history and read the records that I use for research so that they can find out for themselves what they think a character was like. That's so much more interesting than trying to shout other people down.(less)
Average rating: 3.93 · 1,628,331 ratings · 84,018 reviews · 115 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Other Boleyn Girl (The ...

4.08 avg rating — 483,037 ratings — published 2001 — 145 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The White Queen (The Planta...

3.95 avg rating — 168,260 ratings — published 2009 — 116 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Constant Princess (The ...

3.92 avg rating — 158,431 ratings — published 2005 — 88 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Queen's Fool (The Plant...

3.87 avg rating — 94,812 ratings — published 2003 — 75 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Boleyn Inheritance (The...

3.89 avg rating — 88,198 ratings — published 2006 — 97 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Lady of the Rivers (The...

4.03 avg rating — 77,280 ratings — published 2011 — 78 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Red Queen (The Plantage...

3.81 avg rating — 69,479 ratings — published 2010 — 94 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Virgin's Lover (The Pla...

3.72 avg rating — 53,264 ratings — published 2004 — 68 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Kingmaker's Daughter (T...

3.98 avg rating — 43,664 ratings — published 2012 — 63 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Other Queen (The Planta...

3.68 avg rating — 45,618 ratings — published 2008 — 59 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Philippa Gregory…

Dawnlands pre-order bonus



I know some of you can’t wait to read the next instalment so my publishers are offering a sneak peek of my new novel Dawnlands to everyone that has pre-ordered it. Submit your receipt for either a hardback, ebook, or audiobook purchase and you’ll receive an exclusive excerpt emailed directly to you.

Head to the links below to find out more - you have until 7 November at 11.59PM GMT to submit.
Read more of this blog post »
16 likes ·   •  1 comment  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on October 07, 2022 05:57 Tags: dawnlands
The Lady of the Rivers The White Queen The Red Queen The Kingmaker's Daughter The White Princess The Constant Princess The King's Curse
(15 books)
by
3.96 avg rating — 1,428,906 ratings

The Constant Princess Three Sisters, Three Queens The Other Boleyn Girl The Boleyn Inheritance The Taming of the Queen The Queen's Fool The Virgin's Lover
(8 books)
by
3.96 avg rating — 979,658 ratings

The White Queen The Red Queen The Lady of the Rivers The Kingmaker's Daughter The White Princess The King's Curse
(6 books)
by
3.95 avg rating — 428,339 ratings

Wideacre The Favored Child Meridon
(3 books)
by
3.52 avg rating — 48,812 ratings

Tidelands Dark Tides Dawnlands
(3 books)
by
3.82 avg rating — 34,490 ratings

More series by Philippa Gregory…

Related News

Heads up, history nerds!   Historical fiction remains one of the busiest and most popular genres in the book business. It can be tricky just to...
67 likes · 13 comments
Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
25 likes · 17 comments
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our list,...
38 likes · 14 comments

Philippa’s Recent Updates

Philippa Gregory wrote a new blog post

History for Ukraine

I am honoured to be speaking at the History for Ukraine event next Saturday, 26 March at 12.30 GMT. This is a free to watch live stream, with historia Read more of this blog post »
More of Philippa's books…
Quotes by Philippa Gregory  (?)
Quotes are added by the Goodreads community and are not verified by Goodreads. (Learn more)

“For Harry Potter I have all the time in the world.”
Philippa Gregory

“You can smile when your heart is breaking because you're a woman.”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

“If it means something, take it to heart. If it means nothing, it's nothing. Let it go.”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

Polls

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
75 Books...More o...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Authors you love 17 2188 Jan 27, 2009 04:14AM  
The Rory Gilmore ...: Any good books? 38 561 Jun 13, 2009 05:55PM  
Mystery/Thriller ...: Philippa Gregory - The White Queen 2 54 Jul 11, 2009 08:28PM  
Everything Parano...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Mini Book Challenge Ends August 15th 19 84 Aug 15, 2009 12:05AM  
Pick-a-Shelf: 2009-09 - Historical Fiction - What will you Read in September 117 162 Sep 29, 2009 08:27PM  
125481 Ask Philippa Gregory — 868 members — last activity Oct 30, 2017 05:29PM
Here's your opportunity to have your questions answered by queen of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory. Philippa will be answering your questions ab ...more



Comments (showing 1-3)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer) I am such a huge fan! I love historical fiction so much, and your books are just perfect!


message 2: by Kellee (last edited Jan 28, 2013 08:57PM)

Kellee Farr I can never express the influence your work has had in my life. I struggled with reading anything above a young adult level (even into my late twenties)until I was given The Other Boleyn Girl. Thank you! I am dyslexic and the effort was never worth the story, until I found your work. I have never been drawn into a story as I was with that novel. You are a master at your craft, thank you for the influence you have had in my life!

What a great surprise to find out I have not purchased everything you have written. I can't wait to finish my collection and get lost in your world.


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Philippa,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author here on Goodreads! I looooove your books. :)


back to top