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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into both a TV drama and major motion picture. Now, six novels later, she looks at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves and hatreds.
She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire where she keeps horses, hens and ducks. Visitors to her website Gregory.com become addicted to the updates of her historical research and the progress of ducklings.
Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly 20 years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of this very dry and poor African country, and thousands of schoolchildren have been able to learn market gardening in the school gardens watered by the wells. The charity also provides wells for womens’ collective gardens and for The Gambia’s only agricultural college at Njawara.
A past student of Sussex University, and a Ph.D. and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh university, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She also reviews for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and for UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website.