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Philippa Gregory

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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. 

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.

Genres: Historical, Young Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction, Mystery
New Books
November 2022

(Fairmile, book 3)
Non fiction
   The Women of the Cousins' War (2011) (with David Baldwin and Michael Jones)
   Normal Women (2023)
Romantic Novel of the Year Award Best Novel winner (2002) : The Other Boleyn Girl
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2006) : The Constant Princess
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : The Constant Princess
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Book nominee (2010) : The Red Queen

Philippa Gregory recommends
Perfect Sinner (2004)
Will Davenport
"Powerful historical fiction, utterly convincing."
The Principessa (2007)
Christie Dickason
"The England of James I is magnificently evoked in this engaging novel."
Exit the Actress (2011)
Priya Parmar
"A real triumph... Priya Parmar is a writer to watch."
Fools and Mortals (2017)
Bernard Cornwell
"With all the vivid history that is his trademark, Bernard Cornwell transports the readers to the playhouses, backstreets and palaces of Shakespeare's London with added depth and compassion."
Mrs Whistler (2018)
Matthew Plampin
"Completely engaging …wonderfully evocative. It makes you want to visit the countryside and see Turner’s paintings again. A great book."
The Frost Fair (2022)
(Miraculous Sweetmakers, book 1)
Natasha Hastings
"Spooky and haunting - what struck me most about this historical fiction/fantasy story for children was the high quality of the writing."

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