About the author: Sally Beauman was born in Devon, England and read English Literature at Girton
College, Cambridge where she graduated in 1966. Immediately after graduating, she went to live in America for three years,
first in Washington DC, and then New York. During her time there she traveled
extensively, visiting most of the states in the union: her experiences in the
South in the year prior to the assassination of Martin Luther King, provided
some of the background for her first novel, Destiny (1987). It
earned her a record sum for a first novel: published in the US by Bantam, it
became a New York Times number 1 bestseller, and went on to top the bestseller
lists in the UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa. It has never been out of
print since, and - widely misunderstood when first published - is now seen as a
feminist, genre-subversive novel, a study of a materialist woman in a
materialist man's world.
Since then she has published about 10 novels. She has also published two non-fiction works, King Henry V (1976) and The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades (1982). For more biographical details and a full bibliography see BookBrowse.
This article was originally published in February 2006, and has been updated for the
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