Philippa Gregory was born in Kenya in 1954, and educated in England
gaining a BA degree in history from the University of Sussex and a PhD in 18th
century literature from Edinburgh University. For a time she worked as a
journalist but took to full time writing after the success of her first novel
Wideacre, which was written as she completed her PhD. It was the first of a
trilogy (1987-1990) including The Favored Child and Meridon. This
trilogy was followed by Earthly Joys (1998) and Virgin Earth
(1990) set in the English civil war. After this she wrote a number of
stand-alone novels dipping into a variety of genres leaning to romance before
truly hitting her stride in 2001 with the publication of The Other Boleyn
Girl, since then she has focused exclusively on the Tudor period.
She lives in the North of England with her family and, in her spare time, runs a charity that digs wells for schools in The Gambia, enabling the children to grow food to eat while at ...