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 six 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, a trustee of the Holburne Museum in Bath, and also works part-time at London’s most beautiful bookshop, Persephone Books.

latest venture is the popular Instagram account about books, “Fran’s Book Shop”. Filmed on location at Persephone Books, Fran interviews authors, reviews books, and asks everyone from the window cleaner over the road to the movie star she meets at a party, “What Are You Reading?”. Check out the trailer here.