The Other Boleyn Girl

by Philippa Gregory

There’s a reason this book was made into a movie with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. Despite being over 400 pages long, it’s a dizzying page turner full of deceit, strategy, sex and settings in palaces. It’s even better than House of Cards. Narrated by Mary Boleyn, a blonde beauty who catches the eye of the dashing King Henry VIII, the story moves to how they become lovers, then he leaves her while pregnant and begins a romance with her dark haired sister Anne. Anne Boleyn famously goes on to become queen, but the crown sits heavy on her head and she meets a tragic end.

The author has a fascination for history and a witty writing style that make for wonderful beach reads. One of her other books, Taming of the Queen, is all about King Henry’s 6th – and final – wife. One of the few he didn’t behead! These books are a perfect companion on a long flight or a day spent at the beach. Happy reading 🙂


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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