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Philippa Gregory on the Women of Historical Fiction

Hear from the number one bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen

Philippa Gregory, the number one bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen, came to Intelligence Squared on June 23 to discuss the themes of her new book Dark Tides and explore our endless appetite and fascination for historical fiction. Gregory is best known for her portrayals of women in the Tudor court of Henry VIII, and her latest novel tells a story of guile and betrayal in a family caught between London, New England and Venice. 



Philippa Gregory

Bestselling novelist and author of 'The Other Boleyn Girl'

One of the world's foremost historical novelists. She is the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and has an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck University of London. Philippa is a member of the Society of Authors and in 2016 was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers' Association. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Platinum Award by Neilsen for achieving significant lifetime sales across her entire book output. Her latest book, Dark Tides, is published in paperback this June.

Kate Williams

Historian and broadcaster

Historian and broadcaster. She is Professor of Modern History at Reading University and a regular host or guest on BBC shows relating to British history and the royal family. She is the in house historical analyst for CNN and an NYT bestselling author of six historical books including her most recent book, Edge of the Fall, about the De Witt family from 1914-1939.


Speakers subject to change.