The Other Boleyn Girl Phillippa Gregory
my rating: VPI
Gregory gives life to the court of Tudor England and creates some relatable characters in her book about Mary Boleyn, and its five sequels. I found myself hating Anne and loving Mary and I think strong emotion evoked in the reader is an indication of good writing.
I love historical fiction and so the VPI rating should be taken under advisement – if you’re not into this genre you won’t like it as there is a lot of history here. The wikipedia entry has a lot about the historical inaccuracies, but you don’t read fiction for fact. Just read it for the pleasure of the vivid and detailed life of Mary Boleyn. Don’t short-cut this by watching the movie which did not do justice to the book despite the gorgeous Eric Banner as Henry VIII.