Philippa Gregory

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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. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.
Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire. She welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Walk Home.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My charity, Gardens for the Gambia, which has put more than a hundred wells in primary schools in The Gambia, changing the lives of thousands of children.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I very much admire Nelson Mandela for his ability to forgive and be happy.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Voila!-- ever since I wrote in the character of Mary, Queen of Scots in The Other Queen

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Regret is really a complete waste of time unless you use it to change.

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