Victoria Glendinning was born on in April 1937 in Sheffield. She read Modern Languages at Somerville College, Oxford. She worked as a teacher and social worker before starting work as an Editorial Assistant the Times Literary Supplement in 1974.
She has written several award winning biographies including Edith Sitwell which won The James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize, Vita: The Life of V Sackville-West and Trollope which both won the Whitbread Biography Award. She has also written several novels and is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines.
She was awarded a CBE in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was President of English PEN between 2001 and 2003.
She was Chair of the Best of Booker judging panel, which celebrated the prize’s 40th anniversary in 2008.