Sally Kinsey-Miles was born on 25 July 1944 in Devon, England, UK. She graduated from Girton College, Cambridge (MA in English Literature) She married Christopher Beauman an economist. After graduating, she moved with her husband 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. 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. She has one son, James, and one grandchild.

Sally 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. She also wrote nine Mills & Boon romances under the pseudonym Vanessa James, before publishing her block-buster novel Destiny in 1987 under her real name. 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.

Book List in Order:11 titles

  • Under the tablecloth, Frances's hand reached for mine and clasped it. I knew what it meant, that clasp and the mischievous grateful glance that accompanied it: it meant I was thanked, that there were secrets here. I could accept that. I too had secre...


  • A powerful and haunting story about three sisters and the tragedy that becomes the center of their lives from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Sally Beauman.Summer 1967: In the heart of rural Suffolk, 13-year-old Maisie is at her decaying ...


  • 'If I didn't spy, I'd be in the dark eternally. I live in a maze of unknowing - Maisie's maze - and I hate it. I need to be informed ...' The summer of 1967, at a decaying house in the heart of Suffolk: an artist is painting a portrait of thirteen-ye...


  • April 1951. It is twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter. Twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter family's estate, was destroyed by fire. But Rebecca's tale is just beginning. Colonel...


  • In Sally Beauman's seductive new novel of love, sexual obsession, and complex relationships . . .Journalist Lindsay Drummond vows to remake herself: change jobs, move away from London, and--above all--extinguish the hopeless love she feels for the ha...


  • Journalist Lindsay Drummond is about to re-make her life: she plans to move out of London, change her job, and above all cure herself of her hopeless love for her unfairly handsome colleague, Rowland McGuire. Deadline day is Hallowe'en - but an encou...


  • A reclusive couturiere of originality and passion, Maria Cazares is a legend shrouded in mystery. Around her swirl rumor and counterrumor, whispers of shocking secrets and taboos broken.... When the glitterati assemble in Paris for the new collec...


  • Assigned to expose the story of a lifetime, photographer Pascal Lamartine and reporter Gini Hunter penetrate the perfect facade of John Hawthorne, the charismatic U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, a man who is not what he seems.... But beyond the ...







  • A potent love story, a dark psychological thriller, an opulent family drama set amid the sensual abandon of Edwardian England... At its center if Constance, whose every loving impulse turns to destruction. A sullen waif grown to dazzling womanhood, C...


  • THERE WAS NO REASON ON EARTH WHY THEY SHOULD EVER HAVE MET... EDOUARD ... Edouard de Chavigny has known love, loss, disillusionment, and betrayal. Now he is the ruler of a financial empire, a man admired by his friends, feared by his rivals, fam...