I have been hand selling Philippa Gregory since the days of Wideacre, which was one of my ‘sure thing’ titles. Customers just loved it. Philippa Gregory built on that initial success, forging a reputation for producing powerful, fun, sexy and engrossing historical fiction, year after year. And though it was The Other Boleyn Girl which catapulted her into the publishing stratosphere her earlier works had built the catapult.
Philippa Gregory is now set to release two books in the space of weeks. One is the third book in her Cousins’ War series The Lady of the Rivers and the other is a non-fiction work, The Women of the Cousins’ War, the history behind the Cousins’ War series.
The first 150 orders will receive a gorgeous The Lady of the Rivers book mark, which also contains questions to prompt book club discussions.
The Lady of the Rivers
Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou’s close friend and a Lancaster supporter – until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.
Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines.
The Women Of The Cousins’ War
Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen (2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen (2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Lady of the Rivers (2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series, and of the three biographical essays in this book. Philippa Gregory and two historians, leading experts in their field who helped Philippa to research the novels, tell the extraordinary ‘true’ stories of the life of these women who until now have been largely forgotten by history, their background and times, highlighting questions which are raised in the fiction and illuminating the novels.
With a foreword by Philippa Gregory – in which Philippa writes revealingly about the differences between history and fiction and examines the gaps in the historical record – and beautifully illustrated with rare portraits, The Women of the Cousins’ War is an exciting new addition to the Philippa Gregory oeuvre.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.