Biog

Sarah Gristwood

After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood began work as a journalist, writing at first about the theatre as well as general features on everything from gun control to Giorgio Armani. But increasingly she found herself specialising in film interviews – Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro; Martin Scorsese and Paul McCartney. She has appeared in most of the UK’s leading newspapers – The Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph (Daily and Sunday) – and magazines from Sight and Sound to The New Statesman. She now writes a blog for the Huffington Post.

Turning to history she wrote two bestselling Tudor biographies, Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester; and the eighteenth century story Bird of Paradise: The colourful career of the first Mrs Robinson which was selected as Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Her most recent non-fiction books on Tudor times are Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe (2016) and Blood Sisters: the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses (2012), as well as the historical novels, The Girl in the Mirror and The Queen’s Mary (2017).

Sarah has also written several books for the National Trust: The Story of Beatrix Potter (2016), Vita and Virginia (2018) and Churchill: An Extraordinary Life (2019, with Margaret Gaskin) as well as Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown (2017). She also published a book on iconic dresses, Fabulous Frocks (with Jane Eastoe); and a 50th-anniversary companion to the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as co-authoring The Ring and the Crown, a book on the history of royal weddings.

A regular media commentator on royal and historical affairs, Sarah was one of the team providing Radio’s live coverage of the royal wedding; and has since spoken on royal and historical stories from royal babies to the reburial of Richard III for Sky News, Woman’s Hour, BBC World, Radio 5 Live, and CBC. She has contributed to a number of television documentary series on cinema and fashion, as well as on history and the monarchy, notably Secrets of the National Trust, The Royal House of Windsor, and Inside Balmoral A Fellow of the RSA. she has been shortlisted for both the Marsh Biography Award and the Ben Pimlott Prize for Political Writing.