Rosie Boycott is a journalist and publisher. From 1992-96, she was editor of the men’s magazine Esquire. Boycott was the first female editor of two national broadsheets, heading The Independent and its sister publication the Independent on Sunday. Later, she edited the Daily Express. She has sat on judging panels for literary contests, notably chairing the panel judging the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction. She is also a media advisor for the Council of Europe.
Rosie is currently the Mayor of London’s food advisor, alongside working at Capital Growth, which promotes gardening in London, with an eye to the environmental implications of the city.
Rosie is the author of several books, including her 2009 memoir A Nice Girl Like Me. She wasn’t a typical 1960’s Cheltenham Ladies College girl. By the age of 21 she had co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Rib and the feminist publishing house Virago, whilst experimenting with drugs, sex and booze. But she wanted more: more experience, more travel, more passion. The book recounts the remarkable journey from her teenage years, through an epic motorcycle trip to the successful journalist she is today.
Rosie has also written about her passion for gardening, with Our Farm published in 2007 and Spotted Pigs and Green Tomatoes following soon afterwards in 2008.