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:10 titles

  • Abigail Berke is searching for a place to call home, giving up her privileges and comforts and living on the borders of poverty to escape her dysfunctional wealthy background. Working as a freelance photographer, she sets out across Europe looking fo...


  • Together they searched for Isobel's past After the car accident impaired her memory, Isobel St. Aubyn had only haunting flashbacks and the evasive accounts of her family to bring back her past. Until she met Eliot Richardson. Torn between hosti...


  • Nothing about the situation made sense! Julia loved living in Rome. And in her job as companion to Christina, the daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman, she had adjusted to the elaborate security precautions surrounding them. The kidnapping...


  • She could almost taste the danger! Now, here's trouble, Rebecca thought the day mystery author Cal Ryder invaded Paxos and took a villa on the most inaccessible part of the Greek island. Then passion flared between them in a blaze of excitement...


  • She was a woman, no longer his ward Natasha felt suffocated by her safe, ordered life in Cambridge. Alexis persisted in treating her like a child, refusing to acknowledge her as a woman who no longer needed a father figure in her life. So she s...


  • Robert Wentworth was a world-famous film star and Laura Kent merely the nanny he had engaged to look after his little nephew; but that hadn't stopped her falling in love with him. But - 'We don't have a tomorrow, Laura, you and I', he had told her fi...


  • The past stood between them Ten years ago marriage to Julius Morrell would have promised Luisa a golden, sunlit future, she loved him so much, Now it only guaranteed her sister's freedom and a future filled with uncertainty for Luisa. For she w...


  • "All I need is a man--a rich man." Caro's mad scheme shocked her cousin Marian. But the bank was pressing for the sale of Trevelyans, the Cornish estate that had been in Caro's family for generations, and the auction was less than a month away. ...


  • This was going to be even worse than she'd feared Journalist Sara Ford had good reason to be apprehensive when wealthy playboy Max Christian took over as editor of London Now magazine. He'd neither forgotten nor forgiven the scathing article she'd...






  • It could be said that the celebrated actor Laurence Martineau had been responsible for Katy leaving her job at Metropolitan Television, at any rate, as a result he had offered her a temporary job as his secretary. Hadn't she jumped out of the frying ...