Philippa Gregory: Biography

Philippa Gregory

09 jan 1954

Referred to as “the queen of British historical fiction”, Philippa Gregory is well-known for her books, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘A Respectable Trade’. ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ was so well received that it won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists Association and it was also made a movie.

Born on Jan 9, 1954 in Nairobi, Kenya, Philippa had great interest in history. She studied journalism and did a doctorate in 18th Century literature. Philippa worked as a professor teaching history in various universities. She started writing her first novel, ‘Wideacre’ while she was doing her PhD.

‘The White Queen’ published in 2009 was a best-seller. Apart from writing, Philippa is a reviewer of newspapers in UK and US and is also a regular broadcaster on television and radio. Philippa keeps her website updated with her historical findings. This is also one of the reasons that her fans get addicted to her website.

Philippa Gregory loves charity as much as she loves history. She founded the charity named, ‘Gardens for The Gambia’ 20 years ago through which she raised funds and paid for 140 wells for schools in Africa.

Philippa Gregory, who is known for historical accuracy is currently living with her husband, children and step children on a 100 acre farm in the North York Moors National Park. She spends her leisure time riding, walking, skiing and gardening.