A former journalist -- she had a hand in getting a fledgling New York magazine off the ground -- Sally Beauman's true forte is fiction. From her award-winning re-imagination of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca to her acclaimed novel, The Sisters Mortland, she's been thrilling her loyal readers for years.
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Date of Birth:
July 25, 1944
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
B.A. in English Literature, Hons Cantab, 1966; M. A., Hons Cantab, 1969
The Katherine Pakenham Award for Journalism, 1968; The du Maurier Prize for Rebecca’s Tale, 2003
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|The Sisters Mortland|
"Despite searing grief and longing burned into every sentence, Sally Beauman's The Sisters Mortland will beguile readers from the first page and haunt them long, long after the last. At a crumbling English abbey where terrible secrets, both ancient and modern, are entombed, a fateful portrait of three young girls entwines their destinies with three young men-each of whom loves each sister in startling ways. Those commingled fates lead to a conclusion so powerful it is somehow utterly shocking and deeply peaceful," raves Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Breakdown Lane and The Deep End of the Ocean.
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|If She Can Make It There... |
|"My first proper job was in America," Beauman reveals in our interview. "I was hired as editorial dogsbody on the newly launched, shoestring budget New York magazine. By the time I got that job, I’d had rejection slips from just about every magazine on the East Coast, so I’d have done anything to get it -- if they’d wanted a cleaner, I’d have said, ‘When do I start?’"|
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Bauman's imaginative re-examination of Daphne du Maurier's classic thriller Rebecca won her the du Maurier prize in 2003. However, as the Detroit Free Press observes, "If you’ve never read Rebecca, Beauman’s book is still a cracking good read."
|The Catcher in the Rye|
J. D. Salinger
We asked Beauman to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books, and The Catcher in the Rye topped her list. "Holden Caulfield’s voice, the immediacy of the writing, the humour -- it blew me away," she reflects. "It made me understand the possibilities of fiction for the first time." Read our interview with Beauman to learn about more of her best-loved books, including:
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