Wideacre, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Philippa Gregory's first novel and first in the bestselling Wideacre trilogy.

A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the eighteenth century.

From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover.`If it was the way of the world that girls left home, then the world would have to change.

I would never change.'Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves.

But as a woman of the eighteenth century she has no right of inheritance.

Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

Sexual and wilful, she believes that the only way to achieve control over Wideacre is through a series of horrible crimes, and no-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land.Sweeping, passionate, unique: 'Wideacre' is the novel which brought Philippa Gregory to bestselling fame and is the first of the trilogy which continued with 'The Favoured Child' and concluded with `Meridon'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007230013

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This is a first of three books and very very good the way Phillippa Gregory writes will captivate you from the first page to the last.

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This novel has to rate as one of the worst books I can remember reading. I felt thoroughly unclean wading through it. I had to skip bits as it was repetitive. I thought at first Gregory was doing some sort of weird satire of 'Gone With the Wind'. I've since found it was the author's first book. I can't imagine how she got it published. Any interesting research that is evident in her later books is lost in a quagmire of incest, murder, and a whole lot of prurient detail, a particularly unbelievable narrative voice and inept chronology and a host of other problems that I'm not going to waste my time describing. I'm glad that I came to her later books first. Shun this one!

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I came across 'Wideacre' by chance in my local bookshop, due to a 3 for 2 offer on books. Having already heard of Philippa Gregory and enjoyed 'The Other Boleyn Girl', I thought it was worth a shot. I love how Gregory manages to combine historical fact into the rich and lively plot of the novel. Gregory's writing style flows nicely and I found the novel easy to get through, purely due to how fascinating the plot is. An excellent read, I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction.

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On Saturday, December 30, 2006 I wrote about this book:<br/><br/>This is such a great read. I bought this in Scotland and immediately started reading it. Loved all of it. <br/>I am reading book 2 now, The Favoured Child. Glad there are 2 more books of this series cause I did not want it to end. <br/><br/>4.5 stars and a 9 out of 10 on Bookcrossing

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