About Fran

Francesca Beauman grew up in London, studied History at Cambridge, and began her career as the host and writer of numerous British TV shows, including  ‘Show Me The Funny’ (Channel 4), ‘Heroes of History’ (Channel 5) and ‘Bring It On’ (BBC1).

She is the author of seven books, including a history of the pineapple and a history of personal ads; she remains the world’s leading expert on both these subjects.

She is a regular chairperson at literary festivals and arts events, vice-chair of the Holburne Museum in Bath, and also works at publishing company and bookshop Persephone Books.