Other Boleyn Girl P/b

Fabulous historical by No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, the queen of Tudor novels. Set in the court of King Henry VIII, Mary Boleyn attracts the attention of the young king and becomes his mistress; when he tires of her, she sets out to school her sister, Anne, as a replacement. Politics and passion are inextricably bound together in this compelling drama. The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way to attract the attention of the most powerful in the land than to place their most beautiful young woman at court? But Mary becomes the king's mistress at a time of change. He needs his personal pleasures, but he also needs an heir. The unthinkable happens and the course of English history is irrevocably changed. For the women at the heart of the storm, they have only one weapon; and when it's no longer enough to be the mistress, Mary must groom her younger sister in the ways of the king. What happens next is common knowledge - but here it is told in a way we've never heard it before, with all of Philippa Gregory's characteristic perceptiveness, backed by meticulous research and superb storytelling skills.

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Praise for Philppa 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' DailyTelegraph 'Subtle and exciting' Daily Express 'Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows' Peter Ackroyd, The Times 'For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating' Sunday Times
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Fabulous historical by No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, the queen of Tudor novels. Set in the court of King Henry VIII, Mary Boleyn attracts the attention of the young king and becomes his mistress; when he tires of her, she sets out to school her sister, Anne, as a replacement. Politics and passion are inextricably bound together in this compelling drama. The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way to attract the attention of the most powerful in the land than to place their most beautiful young woman at court? But Mary becomes the king's mistress at a time of change. He needs his personal pleasures, but he also needs an heir. The unthinkable happens and the course of English history is irrevocably changed. For the women at the heart of the storm, they have only one weapon; and when it's no longer enough to be the mistress, Mary must groom her younger sister in the ways of the king. What happens next is common knowledge - but here it is told in a way we've never heard it before, with all of Philippa Gregory's characteristic perceptiveness, backed by meticulous research and superb storytelling skills.

Review:

Praise for Philppa 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' DailyTelegraph 'Subtle and exciting' Daily Express 'Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows' Peter Ackroyd, The Times 'For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating' Sunday Times

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Author:
Gregory P
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
ISBN:
9780006514008
Audience:
General
Pages:
544
Width (mm):
120
Length (mm):
170
Additional Info:
Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of historical novels. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. Works that have been adapted for television include A Respectable Trade, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. The Other Boleyn Girl is now a major film, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. Philippa Gregory lives in the North of England with her family.
Weight (g):
37

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The Other Boleyn Girl

Brilliantly written! I did not want it to end.

History alive

Phillipa Gregory has discovered a brilliant new way to transport the past to the present and breathe life into a history that has been left on the shelf for centuries. She tells the story of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, from the first person perspective of her sister, Mary Boleyn. Gregory delves into the very inner workings of the upper echelons of the royal court, revealing betrayal, lust, love and jealousy. This same creative narrative technique also puts a new and captivating spin on 15th century politics and passion, and simultaneously highlights the plight of European women at the time. A classy - and I'll venture educational - contemporary of Mills and Boone, Gregory manages to find an excellent balance between the erotic and the historic. Her research is impeccable, yet she still manages to maintain the easy-reading narrative style not associated with great histories. An great read all round.

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