Monday, January 10, 2011


Who, you may ask is Philippa Gregory? She is a historical fiction writer whose background as a bona fide historian paved the way for her acclaimed novels, one of which has been adapted by both TV and film: The Other Boleyn Girl is perhaps her best known work to date. The movie, which stars contemporary film ingenues Scarlett Johanssen and Natalie Portman, along with one of my personal favorites, Eric Bana, was nominated for three awards. More than anything else, the book and film rekindled a worldwide fascination for the Tudor period. 

In The White Queen, Gregory maps out the intriguing lives of the Plantagenets, the family of royals that preceeded the Tudors. The book does so by focusing on Elizabeth Woodville and her secret marriage to the King of England, a union that would spawn one of the greatest tragedies and mysteries in history: The young princes who were imprisoned in the London Tower, all for the sake of ambition and greed. The White Queen is the first in Gregory's new series of books.
"The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower, 1483 by Sir John Everett Millais, 1878, part of the Royal Holloway picture collection"

*"The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory is not recommended for children. This contest is open to male and female participants, ages 18 and above.

A Step-by-step Guide to joining "White: A Philippa Gregory Essay contest": 

1. To register for the contest, simply e-mail your full name, date of birth, contact number (landline or mobile) and address from January 9 – 15, 2011. You will then receive a confirmation email, which will contain a number code assigned specifically to your entry. Only one registration email per person is required.

2. Registration is free (and open to male and female participants, ages 18 and above). 

3. Entries must be in English and submitted in Microsoft Word format to, with the following as the subject: WHITE, on or before January 22, 2011. (Only one entry per person is allowed.) 

4. Entries must be accompanied the specific number code assigned. *Submitted entries will be acknowledged via e-mail.

5. Late entries, entries exceeding the prescribed word count, and entries lacking the aforementioned and number code will not be considered eligible.

6. Their will be only one winner. Entries will be judged by the Simon & Schuster editorial team. (Simon & Schuster is the publisher of Philippa Gregory titles in the U.S. and in the U.K.)

7. The winner will be announced on February 8, 2011 (Tuesday) via Fully Booked’s Lucy Loves Fully Booked blog, Facebook, Twitter, and via e-mail and text/call notification. 

8. The prize may be claimed at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street on February 9, 2011 onwards, at the Customer Service counter. Valid ID, which includes the winner's birth date, photo, and address must be presented. Should the winner be below 18 years of age, the prize will automatically be forfeited and awarded to another deserving individual.
*NOTE: This promotion is not applicable outside of the Philippines. This promotion only applies to Metro Manila and to provinces with Fully Booked branches, specifically: Cebu, Angeles City, and Clark Freeport Zone (Pampanga). Prizes can be claimed at Fully Booked Fort Bonifacio for winners who live in Metro Manila. For winners who live outside of Metro Manila,  prizes can be claimed at the Fully Booked branch nearest you. Prizes will not be delivered by Fully Booked.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Any information Fully Booked gets is for proper prize distribution purposes only. 
Good luck to all the participants!