Sarah Gristwood is an English journalist and author.[1] She was born in Kent, grew up in Dover[2] and educated at St Anne's College, Oxford.[1]

As a journalist she has written for a number of British papers, including The Times, The Guardian and the Telegraph.[3] She has written historical biographies as well as fiction, and has contributed to television documentaries.[3]

Gristwood's historical biography, Arbella: England's Lost Queen is about Lady Arbella Stuart, an English noblewoman who was considered a possible successor to Elizabeth I. In a review in The Times, Kevin Sharpe wrote, "Sarah Gristwood presents a powerful story of the dynastic insecurity of the Tudors and Stuarts, and of the vulnerability of Elizabeth and James to foreign and domestic intrigues."[4] Sarah Gristwood accepted the invitation of the Royal Stuart Society, on the occasion of the Quatercentenary of the death of Arbella, to give a Lecture with the title: Lady Arbella Stuart – England’s Lost Queen?

Her book, Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe, focuses on five queens: Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, Mary I of England, Elizabeth I, and Mary, Queen of Scots.[5]

She has appeared in the movie Venice/Venice (1992), and as herself in the television series Stars of the Silver Screen (2011) and Discovering Fashion: The Designers (2015).[6]

Gristwood was married to the film critic Derek Malcolm from 1994 until his death in 2023.[7][8]



  1. ^ a b "Sarah Gristwood". HarperCollins. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  2. ^ Cabinet of Curiosities: Taxidermy by Sarah Gristwood Retrieved 23/4/21.
  3. ^ a b "Sarah Gristwood". Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ Sharpe, Kevin (2 February 2003). "Review: Biography: Arbella, England's Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood". The Sunday times. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. ^ Dunant, Sarah (2 December 2016). "Women of Thrones". New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Sarah Gristwood". IMDb. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Skeletons in the Closet". Evening Standard. 6 March 2003. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  8. ^ Shoard, Catherine (16 July 2023). "Derek Malcolm, longtime Guardian film critic, dies aged 91". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2023.