She was born Vivien Mary Langley, daughter of noted aeronautical engineer Marcus Langley and educated at Dunottar School, but left with A-levels. It was not until later in life that she took her degree at Manchester College, Oxford, and Somerville College, Oxford, where she was subsequently lecturer.
She was married to the painter Michael Noakes, in collaboration with whom she produced The Daily Life of The Queen: An Artist's Diary (2000); the couple had three children: Anya, Jonathan and Benedict.
She died of cancer the day after her 74th birthday, a month after suffering a stroke.
|This section lacks ISBNs for the books listed in it. (April 2015)|
- Edward Lear, The Life of a Wanderer (1968)
- Edward Lear, 1812-1888 (1988)
- The Painter Edward Lear (1991)
- The Daily Life of The Queen: An Artist's Diary (2000) with Michael Noakes.
- Michael and Vivien Noakes' website; accessed 10 April 2014.
- Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship
- The Telegraph obituary, 11 March 2011; accessed 10 April 2014.
- Vivien Noakes obituary, warpoets.org; accessed April 10, 2014.
- Profile; accessed 10 April 2014.
- Cambridge Science Live; accessed 10 April 2014.
- Obituary, The Guardian, 4 March 2011; accessed 10 April 2014.
- Notice of the death of Vivien Noakes, nonsenselit.wordpress.com; accessed 10 April 2014.