"In Bed" with Philippa Gregory

Posted by Goodreads on August 23, 2008
Philippa Gregory transforms the stuff of dusty history books into bona fide page-turners. An expert on the House of Tudor, Gregory brings the dramatic lives and loves of historic women like Anne Boleyn, Katherine of Aragon, and Elizabeth I to modern readers who, in turn, devour her bestselling books, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. Now Mary, Queen of Scots comes alive in her new book, The Other Queen. We asked the Kenyan-born, Britain-bred writer what she likes to read before tucking in.

Persuasion by Jane Austen
"Not her best-known work, but her most subtle and thoughtful. The romantic tension is terrific, and the great author is working out whether a woman should allow herself to be conventional and persuaded, or follow her own opinion."

[image error] Middlemarch by George Eliot
"The great English novel, I don't know if there is one better. It is the multilayered story of an English town in the middle of the coming of the railways throughout England. The female characters are wonderfully drawn and the range of people enthralling."

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
"My favorite historian of the Tudor period and other times. Weir manages to encompass all the detail with such a pace that you can read this almost like a novel."

History Play: The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe by Rodney Bolt
"I love this playful reading of the Shakespearean works looking for evidence that the author was Christopher Marlowe — not dead as one had thought but run away ultimately to the Sugar Islands. It is irresistible, if more creative than historical."

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
"Perhaps her greatest work, certainly my favorite. It tells the story of a man settling to retirement by the sea but haunted by his past and his desire to re-create his childhood happiness. It is a novel of great depth and beauty."

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message 1: by Eileen (new)

Eileen I just Love her books. She has such a God given talent for writing. I always look forward to her next book.!!!

message 2: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I love her books so much as well! She is such an amazing author. I've enjoyed her Tudor's collections. Amazing, especially for a historical Tudor lover and student!

message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Mcdonald why is there no category for History or Historical fiction?

message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol Teicheira I have been lucky enough to hear her speak on one of her book tours and she is a wonderful speaker. It was a sold-out engagement. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak, don't let the opportunity pass by. It will be well worth your time.

message 5: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Goddard Yes,I Loved Phillippa Gregory's story's...Fictional,Novels's with a bite of suspense...I also Loved Ariana Franklin's book's,great story ,line and,coverage,my E-Mail is shrngoddard@gmail.com-please suggest any other or book's I may be interested in,Historical-Fiction,Novel's,with person's of interest...

message 6: by Liz (new)

Liz OMG! I never knew she was Kenyan bred...My parents are originally from Kenya. Wow what a small world we live in.

message 7: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Dimo I love Philippa Gregory.The Wideacre series was terrific.
I also enjoy Sharon Kay Penman & my second favourite is
Anne Easter Smith.I am now retired & can read to my heart's content.Thankyou ladies!!!

message 8: by Lara (new)

Lara Phillipa is an amazing storyteller. Her latest book is what I am subconsciously looking for, whenever I walk into a book store.

message 9: by Donna (new)

Donna Braemer I love her books, just read, The White Queen series…no one can make history exciting & alluring.

message 10: by Carole Kahn (new)

Carole Kahn I've read all of her books and couldn't wait to "get into bed" with a Phillipa book. When will her next one come alive?

message 11: by Alisa (new)

Alisa Rana all her publications were really awesome. I learnt to write and wrote an article on Business Insurance

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