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Meridon (The Wideacre Trilogy: Book 3) [Paperback]

Philippa Gregory
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16 Oct 2006 Wideacre Trilogy 3

This is the third volume in the bestselling Wideacre Trilogy of novels. Set in the eighteenth century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory , the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin’s Lover.

Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show, while her sister Dandy risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

But Dandy, beautiful, impatient, thieving Dandy, grabs too much, too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre – which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys.

Sweeping, passionate, unique: 'Meridon' completes Philippa Gregory's bestselling trilogy which began with 'Wideacre' and continued with 'The Favoured Child'.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (16 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006514634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006514633
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country.

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Praise for ‘Meridon’:

‘Compelling… Philippa Gregory reigns supreme as the mistress of historical drama.’

‘Subtle and exciting.’
Daily Express

Praise for ‘The Favoured Child’:

‘For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating.’
Sunday Times

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of historical novels. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. Works that have been adapted for television include A Respectable Trade, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. The Other Boleyn Girl is now a major film, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. Philippa Gregory lives in the North of England with her family.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resounding final chapter in the Wideacre trilogy 11 Dec 2003
Unlike the first two books, which began with their protagonists on a high point before falling, "Meridon" begins with its protagonist at her lowest point. Adopted by gypsies, Meridon struggles to earn a living with her feckless stepfather by breaking in wild ponies. Sold with her stepsister Dandy to a travelling show, life becomes more settled. Meridon's talent with horses - which readers of the previous books will recognise - enables her to escape from being a girl. She is most definitely a tomboy. Dandy, on the other hand, is growing up all too fast - which eventually leads to tragedy.
Meridon eventually finds her way to Wideacre, the mysterious "Wide" of her dreams - but of course, the reality is far different. Since it has been without a squire for fifteen years, the estate has become a commune. Meridon is both perplexed and annoyed with the changes, and continually torn between the appeal of the simple life on the land, represented by Will Tyacke, and Society, represented by Perry Havering and his mother. Eventually, under her new name of Sarah Lacey, she goes with them to London for the Season. However, she quickly finds that the rich can be just as deceiving and selfish as the poor, if not more so, and eventually realises that this cold selfish life is not for her.
This book has far more social commentary than the others - the idealism of Will Tyacke reminds the reader of Ralph, who is mysteriously absent. Perhaps this is meant to show that the past is gone, but I still felt that he should have made an appearance, however brief, because it would have been a link, and his absence after the first two books leaves a small hole. The miseries of high society are made crystal clear as Sarah feels bereft and alone.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brillant conclusion to the Wideacre triology 13 Feb 2002
Meridon, gypsy bareback rider has a very different start in life to her mother and grandmother. But at the beginning of the book, Meridon doesn't know that. All she knows of her true identity is snatches of the place she dreams about which she calls Wide.
Meridon and her sister Dandy are sold in a job lot to Robert's circus, where Dandy trains as a trapeze artist and Meridon trains and rides the ponies with robert's son, Jack.
When Dandy is killed, Meridon is devestated, and goes on the road with the horse she won in a bet, Sea. Not knowing, or caring where she ends up, Meridon somehow finds her way to Wideacre, where she finds out that she is really Sarah Lacey, heir to the estate...
Although each of the books in this trilogy is set in the same place, about the same family, Philippa Gregory manages to create original storylines and characters. all the main characters, Beatrice, Julia and Meridon/Sarah share some similar qualities which make them Lacey's through and through, they are each different and have different attitudes to the land and ownership. This book would make sense on its own, but, more so than "The Favoured Child" features the backstory of the Lacey's rule on Wideacre, so i would recommend reading the other two books first.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough with the "Quality"!!! 7 Aug 2010
If you haven't read the other books in the Wideacre Trilogy look away now!

The first book was jaw droppingly compelling, just how low could Beatrice go?! The second book was a little frustrating, just how helpless could Julia get?! This book is about Julias' child, given to the gypsies at the end of the last book she is now a 15 year old traveller (not a true Romany as her Stepfather is a bit of a blagger rather than from true Romany stock).

I really enjoyed the first half of this book, it's very easy to get sucked into the world that Phillipa Gregory creates around the characters. And the characters themselves are easy to get to know, sometimes a little too easy, and if you have read the previous books the red flags are waving very quickly as to the goodies, baddies and oooh deary meees!!

The second half of the book really annoyed me at times as the main character suddenly turned into a less than sympathetic character. Yes, it was explained, yes there were reasons, but it all got a bit teeth grinding for me!

The other thing that reeeeallllly annoyed me was the constant use of the term Quality, referring to the "upper" classes. The word "Quality" cropped up far too many times with it's capital letter making sentences lumpy. Several times I thought to myself that if I saw the word again the book would be flung out of my window! We get it they are higher class, enough of the Quality!

But it's a good end to a decent trilogy and worth a read. The trapeze descriptions made my palms sweat just thinking about it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great finish 13 Sep 2012
By Sharry
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read the other two books in the series I was suitably supprised by this. It was not at all what I expected and as such was a very good read. Sorry I have now read all three and have no more to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy at Last! 18 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought the kindle version of the final book in the Wideacre trilogy having read the first two on paper. I hate to be a pedant but there were quite a few typos in the kindle version and one of the horses (Bluebell) changed gender faster than I change my socks!
Back to the story itself. I enjoyed the book it was my favourite out of the trilogy. Although for most of the book I was inwardly screaming as Meridon/Sarah made bad decision after bad decision. Thankfully there is a happy ending which was a relief after the misery of the first two novels.
I don't know what it is about Philippa Gregory's writing but it always seems to affect me emotionally. I don't think that her writing is the best historical fiction out there but it definitely gets under my skin and I keep going back to read more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great writer .
Published 15 days ago by Olive mason
5.0 out of 5 stars ... reading it - different to her other books but enjoyed it.
just finished reading it - different to her other books but enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by grandmah
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical philippa Gregory really we'll written and compelling
Typical philippa Gregory really we'll written and compelling read
Published 1 month ago by mark walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
This is one of a trilogy and like all the Philippa Gregory books I've read a thoroughly good read....hard to put down.
Published 2 months ago by kaytee.
1.0 out of 5 stars The last of the Wideacre trilogy.
This book was delivered within the stated time and in good condition, I enjoyed it so much I was sad when I has finished it.
Published 2 months ago by Vivienne Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Great books by Philippa Gregory. Love her novels and always Impatient for the next one. I would recommend this one.
Published 3 months ago by Marinamol
5.0 out of 5 stars Meridon
I love Philippa Gregory's books. They are full of life with very real romances. I would recommend them to you all
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Isabelle M. Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good wrap up
The trilogy in my opinion was a little too depressing and painful to read through, especially Wideacre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anya P
4.0 out of 5 stars Best part of the trilogy.
It was a gripping story with many twists and turns. There was not too much repeating of information. A good read
Published 7 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Meridon
I am a dedicated reader of Philippa Gregory and have an extensive collection of her books especially her historical ones
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Margaret Howse
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