Alan Cowell

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Alan Cowell
Born (1947-03-16) 16 March 1947 (age 69)
Occupation journalist, novelist
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, A Walking Guide (novel)
Spouse(s) Christiane Cowell, Susan Cullinan
Children Sarah, Rebecca and Amanda

Alan S. Cowell (born 16 March 1947) is a British journalist and a correspondent for The New York Times. Since 2008 he has been senior correspondent for based in Paris. Cowell began his journalism career as a reporter for British newspapers and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. He joined Reuters in 1972[1] and the New York Times in 1981. His reporting has covered Turkey, the Middle East, central and southern Africa, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.


  • A Walking Guide: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-4470-2 ISBN 978-0-7432-4470-1
  • "Killing the Wizards: Wars of Power and Freedom from Zaire to South Africa." Simon & Schuster 1992. ISBN 0-671-69629-7
  • "Why Are They Weeping?" South African under Apartheid (with David Turnley). Stewart, Tabori and Chang 1988. ISBN 1-55670-044-X
  • "The Terminal Spy " The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko: A true story of espionage, betrayal and murder. Doubleday 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-52355-4 (US); 9780385614153 (UK)
  • The Paris Correspondent: A Novel New York: The Overlook Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59020-671-3 (US)


  1. ^ Laurence, John. "BOOKS OF THE TIMES: Chasing Death, Then Being Chased." The New York Times, 17 September 2003.