A Q&A with Philippa Gregory: The Taming of the Queen
The "queen of royal fiction” entered the Edinburgh Book Festival in keeping with her title—that is to say, entirely adored by her subjects, many of whom brought some, though not all, of her books for signature. (She has written over 30.) Yet when I mentioned the honorific, Philippa Gregory broke her unusually strong eye contact and shifted the focus to other writers—Living writers! Competitors!—like Antonia Byatt, Hilary Mantel and Tracey Chevalier with admiration. After selling million of books, she can afford to be generous, as there’s nothing left to prove, though still more to do.