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August 2008 Selection: The Other Boleyn Girl
By: Philippa Gregory
Copyright: 2001


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About the Book:

A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen.

However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.

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Official Philippa Gregory web site

Wikipedia page for this book

Publisher's web site for this book

Official web site for the movie adaptation (requires Flash)


If You Like The Other Boleyn Girl, Try:

The Boleyn Inheritance
By: Philippa Gregory. 2006.

The Constant Princess
By: Philippa Gregory. 2005.

Innocent Traitor
By: Allison Weir. 2006.

The Last Wife of Henry VIII
By: Carolly Erickson. 2006.

The Queen of Subtleties
By: Suzannah Dunn. 2004.


The Other Boleyn Girl Reader Comments:

Wonderful historical fiction -- I realize the author had to "fictionalize" the actual events a bit, but I still loved this one. I'll have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the recent movie version with Natalie Portman.

-- Stacey W.
patron of Eiseley Branch Library.
Customer Review Score - 10

This is a fun, flirty book that will keep most people reading. If you do not like to go back in time you might not like this journey in history. If this is the case, I would suggest you give it a try anyway because the story is good and will hopefully keep you reading.

-- Leslie S.
patron of Bennett Martin Public Library.
Customer Review Score - 7

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. A book group I was a member of in my former town was reading this, so I read it along with them and got sucked into these characters' lives. Gregory does a remarkable job with the historical details and even though this wasn't something I would have picked up of my own choosing, I ended up liking it a lot. My only complaint, as with so much of historical fiction, was that it was longer than I would have liked.

-- Carolyn S.
patron of Walt Branch Library.
Customer Review Score - 8

This was my first Philippa Gregory book and I just loved it! Since then I have read most of her other Tudor novels and working my way through her earlier works. What a great find!

-- Kris T.
patron of Anderson Branch Library.
Customer Review Score - 9

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