Laura Beatty is a writer awarded the Authors' Club First Novel Award for her 2008 novel Pollard, also shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. She is married with three children and lives in the middle of Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire which provided the inspiration for Pollard.
She has also written two biographies, the first about Lillie Langtry which contained the first publication of correspondence between Lillie and her lover Arthur Jones.
- Lillie Langtry, Manner, Masks and Morals (1999, Chatto & Windus)
- Anne Boleyn, The Wife Who Lost Her Head (2001, Short Books, for children aged 10+ )