Author Biography: Philippa Gregory has a history degree from the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. A fellow of Kingston University, she lives with her family in Sussex, England.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||1st U.S. Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.82(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.25(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:January 9, 1954
Place of Birth:Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa
Education:B.A. in history, Sussex University, 1982; Ph.D., 18th-century popular fiction, Edinburgh, 1984
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book!! Where can I find more with the same theme? I'm not interested in other books by Philippa Gregory, but this one was amazing,
I knew before starting this wasn't your typical Philippa Gregory that we have come to love. But, I needed a Z title for my alphabet challenge and lets face it, there's not a lot to choose from. This book was a little bizarre and little racy. You have the author/housewife and her alter ego having an affair with her agent while they are both dressed in the alter ego's clothes. Add that to the disabled husband who suddenly improves while hanging out with the pool man. Plus, you have the constant discussions of money. It seems like everybody needs some (and by some I really mean large quantaties). What you get in the end is a twist of events that leave you slightly disturbed and thinking what just happened? I couldn't stop reading it though. You can see the end coming but you can't stop yourself from watching everybody fall in the process.
Usually I love this author and was looking forward to this story a lot. However, I felt the main character was so weak-willed she ruined her own story. Maybe I'm biased becaues I like to read about strong women, but this was a woman of obviously high intelligence and zero confidence. She allows all the men in her life to stampede over her emotionally and never really demands what she deserves (forget about her TAKING anything for herself), not even as her alter-ego. Also, she comes off as a bit of a snob, but maybe that was just an intended intellectual stereotype. I'm not yet done with it, and while I'd like to finish it, it seems like a bit of a chore.