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Nicola Beauman (née Mann) was born in 1944 and brought up in London. After reading English at Newnham College, Cambridge, she worked in New York as a journalist and in an art gallery, and in London in publishing and as a fiction reviewer; her five children were born between 1968 and 1985.A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914-39, her first book, was published by Virago in 1983 (reprinted 1989 and 1995); it was reissued in 2008, twenty-five years after first publication, as a Persephone book.Cynthia Asquithappeared in 1987,Morgan: a biography of EM Forsterin 1993, andThe Other Elizabeth Taylorwas published in 2009. Nicola Beauman founded Persephone Books in 1999.