Daisy Goodwin is a writer and television producer.
After reading history at Cambridge, she went to Columbia Film School as a Harkness Fellow. She worked at the BBC for ten years making arts documentaries, before leaving to join the independent sector and created a number of programmes including Grand Designs which is now in its 18th year on Channel 4.
In 2005 she started Silver River productions, which she sold to Sony in 2012. Alongside her TV work , Daisy has written a memoir, Silver River and two novels: My Last Duchess (UK)/The American Heiress (US) and The Fortune Hunter, which were both New York Times bestsellers. In 2014 Daisy decided to concentrate on writing full time and was commissioned to write her first screenplay, Victoria, an 8 part series about the early life of Queen Victoria for ITV and WGBH Masterpiece Theatre.
Daisy has also compiled nine poetry anthologies including 101 Poems that Could Save your Life and 100 Poems to See You Through
Daisy lives in London with her three dogs, two daughters and one husband.
Praise for My Last Duchess:
‘Sparkling and thoroughly engaging…the story of a poor little rich girl learning the hard way how to concentrate on the next step along the tightrope makes for a highly enjoyable and intelligent read’--The Sunday Times
A wonderful guilty pleasure of a read…the detailing is beautiful, the great phalanx of historical characters amusing and the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first, so rare and gratifying that I am ready for a sequel’–Amanda Foreman, Sunday Telegraph
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100 POEMS TO SEE YOU THROUGH – buy it here.
When times are tough – whether because of illness, bereavement or receiving bad news – it can be hard to find the right words. Help comes in the form of this beautifully packaged gift book, comprising 100 life-affirming poems handpicked by an expert on poetry. Grouping the poems by theme – from ‘Hearing Bad News’ to ‘How To Carry On’ – this gem of a book features contributions from classical poets such as John Keats, Emily Brontë, W.H. Auden and Christina Rossetti alongside lines from more contemporary poets such as Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Jennings, Raymond Carver, Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope. It adds up to a wonderful pick-me-up – a self-administered drug guaranteed to make a dark day brighter and act as a great lyrical crutch.
PUBLISHER: Ebury Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 4th September 2014
SILVER RIVER – buy it here.
‘Other children had imaginary friends; I had a fictional mother, a siren from the southern hemisphere.’
Daisy Goodwin’s mother left home when Daisy was five and embarked upon a bohemian life in Swanage. Daisy was brought up by her respectable father and her meticulous German stepmother and adored her glamorous mother from afar. She made sense of her mother’s difference and of her absence through her imaginings about the family’s unstable South American history. It was only when Daisy underwent a deep depression following the birth of her own daughter, that she felt the weight of her mother’s abandonment and the burden of her family’s past take root in her own life.
Daisy’s family, on her mother’s side, is as eccentric and wayward as any family could be. Her Irish forebears – a Catholic and a Protestant – were driven from their southern Irish home and emigrated to Argentina. Their history there is one of vast wealth rapidly acquired and just as rapidly lost, of gambling, of horses, of suicides and breakdowns, of isolation in the bleak expanses of the Pampas and of the heights of high society. In this extraordinary memoir, the contrasts between Argentina and England serve as a metaphor for the clashes in the author’s life, caught between two parents, two countries and two cultures. Intensely personal, funny and unsentimental, ‘Silver River’ explores universal questions about families, identity and growing up in a way that has never been done before.
PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial
PUBLICATION DATE: 29th July 2011
Victoria — Buy it here
From the creator of the ITV Sunday night drama, VICTORIA, comes the exclusive standalone novel by Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling MY LAST DUCHESS and THE FORTUNE HUNTER. Perfect for fans of epics such as War and Peace, Poldark or Granchester
In June 1837, the eighteen-year-old Victoria wakes up to find that she is Queen of the most powerful nation in the world. But will she be queen in her own right, or a puppet controlled by her mother and the sinister Sir John Conroy? Can this tiny girl prevail against the men who believe that women are too hysterical to rule?
Everyone wants her to get married, but Victoria has no intention of entering into a marriage of convenience with her cousin Albert, a shy bookworm who didn’t know how to dance the last time she met him. She would much rather reign alone with a little help from her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. He may be old enough to be her father, but he is the only man who believes that she will be a great Queen, and he knows how to make her laugh. A husband would only get in the way…
Publication Date: 20th October 2016
Rights sold: French, Danish, Dutch, Polish, US
THE FORTUNE HUNTER
Praise for My Last Duchess:
‘A wonderful guilty pleasure… the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first’ (Amanda Foreman, Sunday Telegraph)
‘Sparkling and thoroughly engaging…highly enjoyable’ (The Times)
‘Pure, light-hearted, unpretentious entertainment’ (Sunday Express)
Full of passion and drama, Fortune Hunter tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.
PUBLISHER: Headline Review
US PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 24th April 2014
US PUBLICATION DATE: 29th July 2014
RIGHTS CONTROLLED: Translation
RIGHTS SOLD: Czech, German, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish
MY LAST DUCHESS – Buy it here
Cora Cash, possibly the wealthiest heiress in 1890s America, has been raised to believe that money will open every door to her. But when her mother whisks Cora to England to secure her an aristocratic match, Cora is dismayed by the welcome she at first receives. The great English houses in which she is entertained are frosty and forbidding, dogged by intrigue above stairs, and gossip below. And it is only when she loses her heart – to a man she barely knows – that Cora realises the game she is playing is one she does not full understand, and that her own future happiness could be the prize.
‘Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn’t?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin’s My Last Duchess … this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind. Henry James with belles on.’–Allison Pearson, Telegraph, Books of the Year for Christmas
‘Intelligent exploration of the gulf between the New World and the old – and one woman’s spirited attempt to bridge it’–Guardian
PUBLISHER: Headline Review
PUBLICATION DATE: 6th January 2011