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Viv Groskop is a writer, comedian, TV and radio presenter and is the host of the chart-topping podcasts How to Own the Room on women, power and performance; and We Can Rebuild Her, a series of powerful interviews on reinvention, change and resilience, specially designed for the post-pandemic era. She is the author of five books including the best-selling How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking (Transworld). In March 2020 Viv launched Lift as You Climb: Women and the Art of Ambition (Transworld), a companion volume to How to Own the Room. And in June Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature (Abrams) came out, a follow-up to The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature (Penguin). Her first book was a memoir about stand-up comedy: I Laughed, I Cried: How One Woman Took On Stand-Up and Almost Ruined Her Life.

In 2020 Viv joins Martha Lane Fox, Scarlett Curtis, Melanie Eusebe and Paula Hawkins as a judge of the 25th Anniversary Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Since 2019 Viv has written four plays for BBC Radio 4: Read the Room, about an encounter in a hotel room between an actress and a powerful man; Twelve Weeks, about three friends on a weekend away who struggle to reconcile their different attitudes towards infertility and feminism; and A Fair Shot, about a powerful woman seeking to reform the electoral system. What He Would Have Wanted, the sequel to Twelve Weeks, where we revisit these three characters during the pandemic, is coming in summer 2020. 

Viv has performed five one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Fringe (The Stand, Underbelly): I Laughed, I Cried (2014), Say Sorry to the Lady (2015), Be More Margo (2016), Anchorwoman (2017) and Vivalicious (2018). She is a Funny Women Finalist (2012) and So You Think You’re Funny semi-finalist (2012).

Viv is a regular guest presenter on BBC Radio 4 and appears on Front Row, Saturday Review, Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour, Today, The World Tonight, Quote Unquote and Where’s the F in News? Until the show’s demise in 2020, she was a regular on BBC1’s This Week with Andrew Neil and has also appeared on University Challenge, ITV’s This Morning, BBC2’s Front Row, Newsnight and Sky News.

Viv’s TV reviews in the Guardian. Viv is known for her exhaustive and entertaining blogs on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Indian Summers and Strictly Come Dancing.

Viv is a fluent Russian speaker and Trustee of Pushkin House,the independent centre for Russian culture in the heart of London. More here

On How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking

“I recommend Viv Groskop’s How to Own the Room to anyone wanting more self confidence. Full of helpful concepts you can get your head round and embody. I’m finding it very useful.” (Philippa Perry, author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read)

“Plenty of tips and tricks… The most valuable lesson is that, in Groskop’s words, ‘You don’t have to be a great speaker to give an amazing speech.'” (Sunday Times Style magazine)

“The ultimate guide to public speaking. Inspirational.” (Mary Portas)

“Demystifies the art of talking to people and winning them round to your cause.” (The Times)

“One of my fave life gurus on taking up space and owning your voice. Viv is the perfect teacher. This book is going to help so many people. It’s brilliant.'” (Emma Gannon, author The Multi-Hyphen Method)

“An excellent, truly useful guide to getting more women front and centre, encouraging us to take part, noisily, in public life. (The podcast is also fabulous.)'” (Daisy Buchanan, author of How to Be a Grown-Up)

“The indispensable guide for anyone keen to develop their public presence, written with style and wit.” (Mishal Husain)

“Powerful advice … useful thoughts and words of wisdom. Groskop gives you all the tools you need.” (TES)

“Easy steps to soothe the nerves and build conifidence.” (Nina Stibbe)

“Must-read guide.” (Red)

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