Elizabeth de Courcy is a well-known riter, critic and book criti. In the 1970s she was Woman ’ s Editor on the London Evening News until its demise in 1980, when she joined the Evening Standard as a critic and feature-writer. In 1982 she joined the Daily Mail as a eature writer, with a special interest in historical subjects, leaving in 2003 to concentrate on books, on which she has talked widely both here and in the United States.
A critically-acclaimed and best-selling author, she believes that as well as telling the tal of its subject ’ s life, a biography should depict the social history of the eriod, since so much of action and behaviour is governed not simply by obvious financial, social and physical conditions but also by underlying, often unspoken, contemporary attitudes, assumptions, standards and moral codes.
Margaret is on the counci of the Biographers ’ Club; and a past judge of their annual Prize. Her recent biographies, all of which have been serialised, include THE VICEROY ’ S WIVES, DIANA MOSLEY and DEBS AT WAR and SNOWDON; THE BIOGRAPHY, written with the agreement and co-operation of the arl of Snowdon. Based on nne ’ s books, a Channel 4 documentary “ Snowdon and Margaret: Inside a Royal Marriage ”, was broadcast.
Jacqueline was a judge for the recent Biography section of the Costa Priz in 2013, and is also one of the judges on the final selection panel judging the best of all the genres.