Meet Sharmaine Lovegrove: ELLE's New Literary Editor

Six things you need to know about the woman with the best name in the publishing world


Forget selfies, it's all about shelfies - and as more and more people take pictures of the book they're reading, ELLE announces its new Literary Editor, Sharmaine Lovegrove (yes that's her name, read on to find out more).

We want you to share your shelfies with us, so that you'll never be stuck for what to read next.

Our reading lists are ginormous, so look out for the ELLE team's #whatellereads and use the hashtag to let us know what tome is taking pride of place on your bedside table.


The Six Things You Need To Know About Sharmaine Lovegrove

I am from South London and love being a city girl.

I grew up in central London and feel urban living represents the core of who I am.

My family are Jamaican and that duality of culture has given me a powerful insight into the world... and a love of chicken.

Outside of reviewing, I run a consultancy scouting for books to be adapted for film and television.

The company is the first of its kind in Europe and I am really proud of establishing a unique and innovative business that combines my hobbies.


My husband is an only child and wanted to change his name from his dad's surname to his mum's - Lovegrove - so the name didn't die out.

I loved the idea of being called Lovegrove so I also changed my name when we got married.

Now my husband, son and I are the only people in the family with this name and whilst we are really proud of it, hoteliers tend to smirk when we go away sans child for the weekend!

When I was eight years old I bought a copy of Boy by Roald Dahl from my local bookshop.

The feeling of pleasure on receiving the book inspired me to become a bookseller.

In 2009 I opened the first new-English language bookshop in Berlin, Germany which closed when I moved back to London in 2014.

The experience was incredible and beyond my wildest dreams.

I read three to five books a week and so to get out of my solitary sitting position I have to dance.

I can't go to a class but can often be found anywhere where there are basslines with my eyes closed letting the beats wash over me.

One of my life goals is to learn how to Hula-Hoop like Grace Jones.

I recently saw her Hula for twenty minutes and she looked so effortless, graceful and inspiring, I have since vowed to learn how to excel with the hoop.

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