Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The English-Speaking Union, Atlanta

Yesterday, myself and 3 other members from our book club, went to a luncheon sponsored by the The English-Speaking Union in Atlanta. Philippa Gregory was there to speak of her new book "The Virgin's Lover".
This is a historical novel of the first year reign of Queen Elizabeth 1. It tells of the year 1558 when she had the challenge of a war against the French who were invading Scotland and the uprising by the English Catholics. Of course she falls passionately in love with a married man who is her favorite in court. Phillippa Greggory blends historical fact with modern day rumors. I found this novel hard to put down.

We had the chance to talk first hand with Phillippa and had this photo taken of us with her sitting in the middle. The four of us enjoyed the luncheon, her speaking of the book, and listening about her background. We are reading another of her novels "The Other Boleyn Girl" for next month's book club meeting which is about the reign of Henry VIII. I would definitely recommend these novels to anyone interested in historical times.


deveil said...

One of my favorite movies is "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett also about the early reign of the Queen and even before and how she came to sit on the throne.  She became one of my favorite actresses after this movie.  Sounds like a good book.


moltenhalo said...

What a great opportunity!  My wife get's more pleasure out of meeting her heroes than I do, but I am usually the one to go with her to meet favorite musicians or writers,(like Neil Gaiman who really is good).  Last weekend, we got to go meet Buck Taylor, the actor/painter who had the line in the movie Tombstone, "Law and order everytime!"  We bought a print of one of his great watercolors and he signed it to Melissa.  It was great fun, and he was really a neat man.  I hope your visit with Ms. Gregory went as well. :)  http://journals.aol.com/moltenhalo/TheCorner