To celebrate the release of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, the first audio book in Philippa Gregory’s best-loved Tudor novels series, HarperCollins have released audio clips of the first five chapters and here at writing.ie we are thrilled to share the first chapter!
Read by Bafta award-winning actress, Vanessa Kirby (who played Princess Margaret in Seasons One and Two of The Crown), The Other Boleyn Girl is the acclaimed international bestselling novel of the Tudor court, set during the years of Henry VIII’s pursuit of Anne Boleyn – and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed. This stunning new unabridged recording includes an exclusive afterword from the author revealing the inspiration behind the Tudor court series.
About the book
This chance for us Howards comes once in a century…
1521. Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat. When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes his new mistress, an unwitting pawn in the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn and Howard families. As Henry’s interest begins to wane, the Boleyn’s scheme to put forward Mary’s sister, Anne. Yet Anne Boleyn, newly returned from the French court, won’t agree to be Henry’s mistress – only his wife. Pitting the king’s desperation for an heir against the advice of his powerful advisors, Wolsey and Cromwell, what follows will change the course of a country’s history.
Listen to the audio clip of Chapter One below …
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HarperCollins will publish all 6 of Philippa Gregory’s best-loved Tudor novels over the coming months in audio format, with an all-star cast of narrators. In addition to Vanessa Kirby, the narrators include, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Cathleen McCarron, Georgia Maguire, Yolanda Kettle, Alex Kingston, Richard Armitage and Madeleine Leslay. The Constant Princess is also available from 26th July, read by Karina Fernandez.
I am a long-time fan of Philippa’s and credit her, and The Other Boleyn Girl, with inspiring my love of reading, and then writing, historical fiction. As an aspiring historical novelist back in 2012, I was thrilled to interview Philippa in person while she was in Dublin for the Mountains to Sea Festival. Read Part One and Part Two of my interview to discover some fascinating insights into Philippa’s historical research, her writing and her own inspiration.
About Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Her Cousins’ War novels were the basis for the highly successful BBC series, The White Queen. Philippa’s other great interest is the charity that she founded twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for over 200 wells in the primary schools of this poor African country. Philippa is a former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University. In 2016, she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers Association. Her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. Philippa lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire and welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.