Valerie Grove

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Valerie Grove (born 11 May 1946[1] in South Shields)[2] is a British journalist and author, who for many years worked as a feature writer, interviewer and columnist for The Times newspaper.

After graduating from Girton College, Cambridge, she joined the London Evening Standard in 1968,[3] eventually becoming that newspaper's literary editor.

She has published biographies of writers Dodie Smith (1996), Laurie Lee (1999) and John Mortimer (2007).[4][5] So Much To Tell, a biography of the children's book editor Kaye Webb, was published in May 2010.

Valerie Grove is married to Trevor Grove, a former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, and lives in London.[5]


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays", The Guardian, p. 52, 10 May 2014 
  2. ^ Valerie Grove, "Northern exposure helps David Miliband to grow", The Times, 2 August 2008.
  3. ^ Dennis Griffiths (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the British Press 1422–1992, London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p. 280.
  4. ^ Valerie Grove, "Rumpole creator John Mortimer dies at 85", The Times, 17 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b Agent's biography page, United Agents.