TRA Meetup January 2015
Book Club Meetup / February 1, 2015

The Readers’ Avenue, a growing family of book lovers in Karachi, met on 31st January to discuss Philippa Gregory’s “The White Queen”. Suggested by Kiran Bashir, the book captivated most participants and nearly everyone in attendance had read the book. Some members had even progressed further in the series by reading its sequel The Red Queen and subsequent novels. Everyone agreed that Philippa had masterly told the life of a queen in medieval England and Kiran, who has now become an authority on British History in the group, kept a running commentary of the intricacies of English royalty and history. The fate of two boys of Queen Elizabeth, Edward and Richard, were deeply discussed and Munir (who still needed to read the last 100 pages) ended up asking for the ending. It took three members to link each event right till the end to reveal the book ending which led to a new cycle of confusion since half the members had read sequels and they often had to backtrack to stay on The White Queen. One debate between Kiran and Jamal/Wasio was the description of the English society. Jamal and Wasio argued that they didn’t feel surroundings and couldn’t connect…

The White Queen – Review
Fiction, Historical Fiction / January 31, 2015

First published in 2009, The White Queen is the sixth book by Philippa Gregory and first in The Cousins’ War series. The story explores 15th century England and power struggles that rocked the country between Lancasters and Yorkists, with meddling of foreign entities and betrayals from within. The book has all the right elements and is no wonder a best seller. Following the story of a young widow Elizabeth Woodville, the reader experiences the rise of a house from common breed to that of royalty and nobility, and pay the price for such a dramatic elevation. Synopsis The tale of one woman’s ambitious ascent to royalty during the Wars of the Roses and the unsolved mystery around her sons’ imprisonment in the Tower. The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position…