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Sally Beauman 1944 - 2016


25th July 1944 - 7th July 2016

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Brief Biography:
Sally Kinsey-Miles, born July 25th 1944 in Devon; graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. (MA in English Literature.) 1966 Married Christopher Beauman an economist. After graduating, she moved with Beauman to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively. She began her career as a journalist in America, joining the staff of the newly launched New York magazine, of which she became associate editor, and continued to write for it after her return to England.

She has had a distinguished career as a journalist and critic, winning the Catherine Pakenham Award for her writing, and becoming the youngest-ever editor of Queen magazine (now Harper’s & Queen). She has contributed to many leading newspapers and magazines in both the UK and the USA, including the Daily Telegraph ( from 1970-73 and 1976-8 she was Arts Editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine), the Sunday Times, Observer, Vogue, the New York Times and the New Yorker. It was her article about Daphne du Maurier, commissioned by Tina Brown, and published in The New Yorker in November 1993, which first gave her the idea for writing Rebecca de Winter’s version of events at Manderley – an idea that subsequently became the novel, Rebecca’s Tale. In 2000 she was one of the Whitbread Prize judges for the best novel category.

Interviewed Alan Howard for the Telegraph Magazine in 1970 in an article called 'A Fellow of Most Excellent Fancy'. (Daily Telegraph Supplement, May 29th.) Apparently a very long interview. The following year they met again, and the rest is history. After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in 2004.

One son, James. Two grandchildren.


As a writer, Sally Beauman has written two non-fiction books based on the history and work of the RSC.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Centenary Production of Henry V. (Edited and with foreword by Sally Beauman) (1976)

The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades. (1982)

Other Books.

As Vanessa James, various novels for Mills & Boon.

As Sally Beauman:

Destiny (1987)

With 'Destiny' Sally Beauman became famous for receiving the biggest advance for a 'first' novel yet paid, and when published it was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.

At home with Lovell

Dark Angel (1990)

Lovers and Liars (1994)

Danger Zones (1996)

Sextet (1997)

Rebecca's Tale (2001)

The Landscape of Love (published 20.1.2005) The American edition being published asThe Sisters Mortland in January 2006.

The Visitors (to be published in February 2014)

Alan Howard


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