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The Favoured Child (The Wideacre Trilogy, Book 2)


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Reissue of the second novel in the Wideacre Trilogy; a compulsive drama set in the eighteenth century. / Philippa Gregory is now one of the most successful historical novelists writing today. / 'The Other Boleyn Girl' has now sold nearly 350,000 copies in paperback. / 'The Virgin's Lover' has been a bestseller in the UK, the US, and Number One in New Zealand. / Film versions of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and 'The Queen's Fool' are in development. / Now reissued in a sumptuous new package. / The author is well known for her appearances on TV, as a Tudor expert and a regular on Time Team, and her frequent participation on Radio 4's Round Britian Quiz / Competition: Hilary Mantel, Deborah Moggach, Reay Tannahill

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Philippa Gregory is an established writer and broadcaster for radio and television. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in the North of England with her family.


Released in 1989, 1990, and 1987, respectively, these are the three volumes of the author's "Wideacre Trilogy." Set in England, this long, sweeping soap opera revolves around the women of the Wideacre estate, their lives and loves, triumphs and tragedies. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Praise for 'The Favoured Child': 'For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating.' Sunday Times Praise for 'Wideacre': 'This is a story of violent love and unsettling passions. It will never let you rest for a page as you wait for the climax that must come for the people and the land.' Maeve Binchy 'Amid all the social upheaval strides Beatrice Lacey, who, for singlemindedness, tempestuousness, passion, amorality, sensuality and plain old-fashioned evil, knocks Scarlet O'Hara into short cotton socks.' Evening Standard 'Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows.' Peter Ackroyd, The Times

This impassioned sequel to the page-turning Wideacre carries the fortunes of the Lacey family, now decaying country gentry, into the late 18th century. The great house lies in ruins, after a calamity that also destroyed beautiful, vicious Beatrice Lacey. Heirs Julia and Richard are betrothed cousins, but each vies to be the legendary ``favored child'' who shall own Wideacre. Julia's trance-like dreams, which unite her to the dead Beatrice and hint at the past's dark secrets, enable her to save Acre village from disaster. Worried by her ``gift,'' Julia's family hopes she can be ``cured'' in Bath, but there she meets James Fortescue, who is far kinder than the petulant Richard. Julia's growing assertiveness and recognition of Richard's tyranny keep the reader rooting for her. Rich with rural English scenes--the hovels of the poor whom Julia aids, the fields she manages, the woods where she races her beloved horse--Gregory's galloping plot leads to a savage but satisfying conclusion that piques anticipation for the trilogy's conclusion. Doubleday Book Club main selection. (July)

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