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
Harpers & 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 Winters version of events at Manderley an idea
that subsequently became the novel, Rebeccas 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. One
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
The Royal Shakespeare Company: A
History of Ten Decades. (1982)
As Vanessa James, various novels for
Mills & Boon.
As Sally Beauman:
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.