Sally Beauman is a Cambridge University graduate who was born in Devon, England. She began her career as a critic and writer for New York magazine, and after returning to England, she continued to write for renowned journals in the United States and the United Kingdom. She was the inaugural recipient of the Catherine Pakenham Award for journalism in 1970, and she was appointed editor of Queen magazine at the age of twenty-four. Beauman worked as an arts editor for the Telegraph Magazine and wrote for the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, and the Sunday Times. Her books, including the New York Times bestseller Destiny, have been translated into over twenty languages and are international bestsellers.
Beauman also wrote two nonfiction volumes about the Royal Shakespeare Company's history and work: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Centenary Performance of Henry V (edited by Beauman, with a foreword by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, 1976) and The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades (1982). Beauman, who was seventy-one years old at the time of his death, died in 2016.