Sally Beauman was born in Devon, and read English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge. After graduating, she lived in America, beginning her career as a journalist on the magazine, New York. In Britain, she worked as an editor at Vogue, Harper's and Queen. She has written for leading periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic, including The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, The New York Times and The Telegraph Magazine, where she was Arts Editor.
Her first book was a history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her first novel, 'Destiny', was sold for a record-breaking sum in the USA and the UK, and became an international best-seller. She has written seven further novels; they include 'Dark Angel', 'Rebecca's Tale' (linked to Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca') and 'The Landscape of Love', a novel using multiple narrators. Her new book, 'The Visitors', is set in Egypt and Cambridge in the inter-war period. It will be published by Little, Brown in February 2014.