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Thinking of reading a Phillipa Gregory - recommend one please

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CandyLoo Tue 30-Oct-12 20:02:10

I've never read a Phillipa Gregory, but hear lots of good things.
Picked one up in a bookshop earlier today, think I'll give one a try - what do you recommend? Thanks

LaQueen Mon 12-Nov-12 08:40:27

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ImperialStateKnickers Sun 11-Nov-12 16:17:34

Good to see that I'll not the only person who feels a bit meh about the last few Phillippa Gregory historicals.

LaQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 16:14:08

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kenanddreary Sun 11-Nov-12 16:08:17

LaQueen - totally agree! I can't decide who is the guilty party either. The mini-series definitely portrayed the MIL as the nasty character but in the book it isn't quite as straightforward. Loved it!

upinthehills Fri 09-Nov-12 18:01:23

Quite enjoyed Earthy Joys too.

But maybe I have no taste in books!

Forester Fri 09-Nov-12 17:26:45

I like all the Phillipa Gregory books that are based on a real person/ real events and agree that the Other Boleyn Girl is good place to start. They are very entertaining to read.

In my opinion it all goes a bit wrong when she does her own plots. The lead character in Wide Acre was absolutely vile and the books that feature North America (can't remember the names) were boring (One I got to the end, the other I gave up a third of the way through)

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 09-Nov-12 17:22:04

Agree with the top recommendations - start with The Other Boleyn Girl - I enjoyed most of her earlier books but recent ones are a bit lacking in historical research and plot development imho including The White Queen.

I like The Wise Woman as well.

LaQueen Fri 09-Nov-12 17:19:56

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upinthehills Fri 09-Nov-12 17:15:21

I enjoyed the White Queen...

CandyLoo Fri 09-Nov-12 17:13:31

You've convinced me to try 'The Little House', it does sound interesting and worth a look. Thanks

cryhavoc Fri 09-Nov-12 15:18:02

I didn't think The Boleyn Inheritance was as good as The Other Boleyn Girl. Her Elizabeth I books, The Virgin's Lover and The Queen's Fool, are excellent.

A Respectable Trade is also very good.

LaQueen Fri 09-Nov-12 15:12:06

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kenanddreary Thu 08-Nov-12 15:15:18

LaQueen - couldn't have put it better myself. OP - 'The Little House' is well worth a read. Not a traditional type thriller. You would hardly know it was a thriller - it's more of a family/dilemma type story. A lot of psychological elements involved.

fedupwithdeployment Thu 08-Nov-12 14:46:08

I don't really lke Philippa Gregory, although I have read 2 or 3 of hers. The Other Boleyn Girl was ok....better than the film which was dire. But I found Wideacre really unpleasant. I think it was the incest that put me off.

LaQueen Thu 08-Nov-12 14:39:51

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CandyLoo Thu 08-Nov-12 13:36:11

kenanddreary Thanks for that, although thrillers aren't really my thing.

kenanddreary Wed 07-Nov-12 13:43:13

Why not try 'The Little House' by Philippa Gregory? Not an historical novel. Couldn't put it down. It was actually made into a mini-series a while ago. Psychological thriller. Brilliant!

BillyBollyBandy Wed 31-Oct-12 21:38:28

Agree the Hilary Mantel books are excellent.

I really liked Lady of the Rivers by PG but not The White Queen and The Red Queen as much.

MerylStrop Tue 30-Oct-12 22:32:27

They are both awesome

NotmylastRolo Tue 30-Oct-12 22:15:54

Wooppeee! Have just realised that Hilary Mantel wrote Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies (both Booker prize winners!) and I have asked my mum for these for Christmas without realising they were by Hilary Mantel. Am well chuffed now and will look forward to a great January read.

NotmylastRolo Tue 30-Oct-12 22:09:42

Will check out Hilary Mantel & Alison Weir so thanks for the heads up. I always like a recommendation.

MerylStrop Tue 30-Oct-12 21:44:57

They are not very well written.

If you fancy a Tudor historical novel would definitely recommend Hilary Mantel or Alison Weir.

Philippa Gregory just doesn't hold up in comparison.

highlandcoo Tue 30-Oct-12 21:42:39

The Other Boleyn Girl is really good, but if you want to read the Boleyn trilogy in order, start with The Constant Princess, which portrays Catherine of Aragon in her youth. Then TOBG, and finally The Boleyn Inheritance.

A Respectable Trade is quite different. Tells the story of a young woman who marries a slave trader and becomes involved with educating a group of slaves to speak English so that they'll command a higher price.

WelshWereRabbit Tue 30-Oct-12 20:36:45

Another vote for the Boleyn books as a starting point. Wideacre is a great read, but is not based around actual historical figures, so a bit different from her other stuff.

NotmylastRolo Tue 30-Oct-12 20:27:26

Agree - The Other Boleyn Girl.
Have just read The Kingmaker;s Daughter and am about to start reading The Lady of the Rivers. Not quite as impressed with Kingmaker's Daughter but was still good enough to read it in less than a week.
PG is so easy to read and get into. I have enjoyed each one of her books but my fave is still The Other Boleyn Girl.

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