In the November newsletter from Good Reads, historical fiction author Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl) was recently interviewed about her new novel, The Other Queen, the story of Mary, Queen of Scots. When asked what she liked to read before tucking into bed at night, top on her list was a very worthy choice, Jane Austen’s final novel Persuasion.
"Not her best-known work, but her most subtle and thoughtful. The romantic tension is terrific, and the great author is working out whether a woman should allow herself to be conventional and persuaded, or follow her own opinion."
I thoroughly concur with her great recommendation of Persuasion, and agree that it should make its way to the top of your beside table.
Other books listed as her favorites were:
Middlemarch by George Elliot
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
History Play: The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe by Rodney Bolt
The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
Five great books recommended by one the best selling historical fiction authors today. What a great inspiration!
Watch an interview of Philippa Gregory as she discusses The Other Queen
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I recommend the new Oxford World's Classic edition of Persuasion for your reading pleasure.
posted by Laurel Ann, Austenprose