I find her historical books excellent (although not so keen on The Virgin's Lover) - the Wideacre trilogy is very gripping, as is The Wise Woman, although quite gruesome. I've read Earthly Joys but not Virgin Earth, not quite so sure about those.
Her contemporary novels I'm not quite so keen on. Zelda's Cut was good, The Little House not so much, and the one set in the 20s (can't find the title now!) was pretty rubbish, possibly one of her earlier ones.
Did I imagine it, or did Philippa Gregory once (under a pseudonym) write a hilarious weekly column in the Guardian about her travails living somewhere like the Yorkshire Dales with one child and her then husband whom she called le Patron?
I just read her profile on her website and there is not a mention so maybe it wasn't her...she has an intriguing family though including a daughter and stepdaughter both called Victoria!!!! I wonder how that works out? (<<Who do you love? In alphabetical order (to avoid complaints) my son Adam, my husband Anthony, my stepson Francis my stepson Marc, my stepson Patrick, my stepdaughter Samantha, my daughter Victoria and my stepdaughter also Victoria, my sister and her family, and my friends especially (in alphabetical order) Claire and Tine.>>)
The only one I've read is Mrs Hartley and the Growth Centre, ages ago but seem to remember enjoying it. I must try The Other Boleyn Girl sometime.
LOved The Other Boleyn Girl and had just started reading The Queens Fool when I had to go into hospital early and deliver DD and haven't quite found the time to start reading it again (DD is 5 weeks tomorrow).... Will do though as was enjoying it.