Cristina Odone

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Cristina Odone
Born Cristina Patricia Odone
(1960-11-11) 11 November 1960 (age 54)[1]
Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality Italian, British
Education Marymount School
National Cathedral School
St Clare's
Worcester College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist, writer, TV commentator
Notable credit(s) The Catholic Herald (Editor)
New Statesman (Deputy Editor)
The Shrine
A Perfect Wife
The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew
The Good Divorce Guide
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Edward Lucas
Children 3
Family Augusto Odone (father)
Lorenzo Odone (half-brother)

Cristina Patricia Odone (born 11 November 1960)[1] is a journalist, editor, and writer. She has written for several newspapers, and was formerly the editor of The Catholic Herald, and deputy editor of the New Statesman.[2]

Early life[edit]

Odone was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to an Italian father, Augusto Odone, and a Swedish mother.[2][3] Her half-brother was Lorenzo Odone, after whom Lorenzo's oil is named.[4][5]

Odone's father was a World Bank official, which led to the family regularly moving. Odone went initially to Marymount School, then later to the National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C. After her parents’ divorce,[6] Odone moved to Britain to go to St Clare's, a boarding school in Oxford.[7] Odone studied French literature and history at Worcester College, Oxford.[2][7]


Odone edited The Catholic Herald from 1991–95.[2][8] Odone later worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., as an advisor to European companies.[7] She resigned from The Catholic Herald in order to be able to finish her second novel, A Perfect Wife.[9] In 1996, Odone became the television critic for The Daily Telegraph, a position she held for two years.[2][10] In 1998, Odone became deputy editor of the New Statesman.[11] Odone resigned in November 2004.[12] For six years Odone was a weekly columnist for The Observer.[8] In 2005, Odone wrote and presented a Channel 4 documentary directed by David Malone called Dispatches: Women Bishops.[13]

Following a dispute with Johann Hari while they were colleagues at the New Statesman, Odone commented that pejorative changes were made to her Wikipedia entry.[14] It subsequently became apparent that Hari was responsible, using pseudonymous sockpuppet accounts to make edits attacking Odone and his critics.[15]

A frequent contributor to radio and television debates, Odone is presently a columnist for The Daily Telegraph.[16]

In an piece for the Telegraph "Gays will be faking it if they marry in church", Odone stated gay weddings would be a "pantomime ceremony".[17]

Published works[edit]

Odone has written four novels: The Shrine (1996),[18] A Perfect Wife (1997),[19] The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew (2008)[20] and The Good Divorce Guide (2009)[21] She contributed to Why I am still a Catholic (2005).[22]


Odone is married to Edward Lucas,[2] a writer for The Economist magazine.[23] The couple have one child; Lucas has two children from a previous marriage.[6]


  1. ^ a b Odone, Cristina (2006-11-05). "What a tangled web we are weaving". London: The Observer. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Cristina Odone". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ Odone, Cristina (2006-03-26). "How well they knew us, those old masters". The Observer (London). 
  4. ^ Odone, Cristina (2005-07-17). "'Lorenzo's oil, which my father and stepmother invented, was vindicated'". London: The Observer. 
  5. ^ Odone, Cristina (2008-06-04). "Obituary: Lorenzo Odone". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  6. ^ a b Cristina Odone (31 October 2009). "The stepmothers' survival guide". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  7. ^ a b c Hebblethwaite, Peter (1993-02-26). "Lorenzo's sister edits Catholic paper". National Catholic Reporter. 
  8. ^ a b "Cristina Odone". Centre for Policy Studies. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Brown, Andrew (1996-08-18). "After the apocalypse, enter Ms Jones". The Independent. 
  10. ^ Cripps, Charlotte (2002-11-12). "Media: My greatest mistake: 32 – Cristina Odone, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman". The Independent. 
  11. ^ Rowan, David (2004-11-03). "Interview: Cristina Odone, New Statesman (Evening Standard)". David Rowan. 
  12. ^ Rowan, David (11-04-2004). "New Left is up to its old tricks". The Scotsman. Retrieved 23 July 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Description of Dispatches programme
  14. ^ Odone, Cristina (11 Jul 2011). "I fell out with Johann Hari – then 'David Rose' started tampering viciously with my Wikipedia entry". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Green, David Allan (15 September 2011). "The tale of Mr Hari and Dr Rose". New Statesman. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cristina Odone". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
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  18. ^ Odone, Cristina (1996). The Shrine. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-81661-6. 
  19. ^ Odone, Cristina (1997). A Perfect Wife. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-81811-2. 
  20. ^ Odone, Cristina (2008). The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew. HarperPress. ISBN 0-00-726365-1.
  21. ^ Odone, Cristina (2009). The Good Divorce Guide. HarperPress. ISBN 0-00-728973-1.
  22. ^ Stanford, Peter (2005). Why I am still a Catholic. London: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-8577-4. 
  23. ^ Odone, Cristina (2009-01-21). "How to meet and marry a man after 40". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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