Wordfest Presents Philippa Gregory
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl is making her only Canadian appearance to launch a new series. In Tidelands, Philippa Gregory turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, who cannot bear to conform to the life that lies before her. This presentation-style event will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
“Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging.” –Sunday Express
It’s Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of a civil war between a renegade king and a rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote, marshy landscape of the south coast – the Tidelands
Alinor, a descendant of wise women, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in a graveyard under the light of the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret paths across the treacherous marsh, unknowingly leading disaster into the heart of her life.
Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination sets her apart from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.
“One of the great storytellers of our time” - San Francisco Book Review
"Dynamic. History buffs and Gregory’s fans alike will be anticipating the next installment.” – Publishers Weekly
“This is Gregory par excellence. A promising start to a family saga about ordinary people.” –Kirkus Review
About Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl. Her most recent novel, The Last Tudor, is now in production for a television series. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also the founder of Gardens for the Gambia, a charity that has provided nearly 200 wells for rural schools in The Gambia. She welcomes visitors to her website PhilippaGregory.com.