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The Constant Princess

by Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess
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    Dec 2005, 400 pages
    Aug 2006, 416 pages

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Philippa Gregory was born in Kenya in 1954, and moved to England with her family at the age of two.  She was a rebel at school, attempting to organize her fellow pupils into a Union and barely scraping through her A Levels (exams taken before leaving school at 18).  Needing to earn a living she trained as a journalist before realizing that she ought to be at University.  She went to Sussex University to read English but had to take a compulsory Introduction to History course in her first year - the studies were a revelation which would transform her life; she swapped her degree to History and discovered a passion for the past. 

She lives in the North of England with her husband and two children; in addition to interests that include riding, walking, skiing and gardening, she also runs a small charity building wells in school gardens in The Gambia in partnership with Ismail Sisay, which she started in 1993 after being persuaded to give a donation ...

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