Judi Bevan is an award-winning financial writer and broadcaster. After collecting the WHSmith Business Book of the Year award in 2002 for the Rise and Fall of Marks & Spencer, she has written a well-received history of British supermarkets entitled Trolley Wars – the Battle of the Supermarkets. The fully updated and revised Rise and Fall of Marks & Spencer – and How It Rose Again, was published on March 8, 2007.
Bevan began her career in 1975 as a financial journalist on the Investors Chronicle, then edited by Andreas Whittam Smith. From there, she moved to the Daily Mail and the Sunday Telegraph as a financial reporter specialising in oil and property. She moved to the Sunday Times as deputy City editor in 1986, leaving three years later to write a novel, The Insiders, a City thriller. In 1989 she published The New Tycoons about the entrepreneurs of the 1980s with her future husband, John Jay.
From 1990 to 1998 she wrote a personal profile of a leading figure for the Sunday Telegraph business section, where she also wrote a comment columns for the main paper. She has written for a wide variety of other publications including the Evening Standard, Financial Times, the Times the Independent and Harpers & Queen.
She is a regular broadcaster and speaker on retail and leadership.
Praise for Rise & Fall of Marks & Spencer:
“Bevan tells it brilliantly,” Daily Telegraph
“An amazing story of rivalry and boardroom bust-ups” Evening Standard
“The near collapse of this institution is brilliantly chronicled in Judi Bevan's award winning investigation…” Management Consultancy
Praise for Trolley Wars
“Bevan provides colourful case histories for the business student, yet there is plenty to interest any reader with a passing interest in shopping.” The Independent
“Bevan has written an engaging and informative book that concentrates largely on the intense and often bad-tempered competition between the industry's major competitors.” Sunday Business Post
“Bevan has the necessary grasp of history and context which sets her writing apart…” Business Voice