The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory Harper, HK$128 It takes a special novel to be adapted for the screen not once but twice. Having received the BBC's costume drama treatment in 2003, the first of Philippa Gregory's five Boleyn books was transformed by Hollywood this year. While many found the casting of Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman in The Other Boleyn Girl absurd, many more found it hilarious. 'So, Henry, you're, like, a totally royal king? Well, colour me excommunicated.' The 'other' Boleyn girl is Mary, sister of the more famous and infamous Anne. Aged 14, it is Mary who first ignites the king's overactive codpiece. Succeeding where his queens would fail, Mary becomes pregnant with Henry's child. Anne, a loving sister, exploits her sister's condition to flirt Henry into submission. The rest, as they say, is history. Some scholars have picked factual holes in Gregory's story. Was Henry the father of Mary's children? Was Anne's brother gay? Was Anne really the conniving schemer she is reputed to have been? This pedantic nit-picking spoils the entertainment Gregory is so skilled at providing: credible characters, tangible atmosphere and plenty of kings going bump in the night - and quite often the day too. Forget the air-brushed film, Philippa Gregory rules.