Kira Cochrane

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Kira Cochrane
Born Kira Cochrane
1977 (age 38–39)
Essex, United Kingdom
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist, writer
Website Facebook

Kira Cochrane (born 1977)[1] is a British journalist.

She was born and raised in Essex. Her elder brother was killed aged 8 in a traffic accident in 1983, and Cochrane's father had died of a heart attack with the result that Cochrane and her younger brother were brought up by their mother as a single parent.[2] She read American Literature at Sussex and University of California, Davis.[1][3]

Formerly a journalist on The Sunday Times, she is a feature writer on The Guardian and was the newspaper's women's editor from 2006[4] to November 2010, when she was succeeded by Jane Martinson.[5] Cochrane is now a features writer on the newspaper. Cochrane wrote a column for the New Statesman magazine from around 2006 to July 2008.[6]

Kira Cochrane has published two novels, The Naked Season[7] and Escape Routes for Beginners,[8] which appeared on the long list for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.[9] In 2009, Cochrane was herself on the judging panel for that year's Orange Prize for Fiction.[10] She co-edited (with Eleanor Mills) Journalistas: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists[11][12] (published as Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women in the UK)[13] and has edited an anthology of women's writing which has appeared in The Guardian, Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Kira Cochrane". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Cochrane, Kira (26 February 2011). "Darin Strauss: Two cars, two deaths". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kira Cochrane". Facebook. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Cochrane, Kira (18 July 2007). "Still so much to do: Kira Cochrane 2006 - present". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. Series: 50 years of the womens' pages 
  5. ^ Martinson, Jane. "Speaker Profile: Jane Martinson, Journalist". Speakers for Schools. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Cochrane, Kira (3 July 2008). "And it's goodbye to all that...". New Statesman. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2005). The naked season. London: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780743492485. 
  8. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2005). Escape routes for beginners. London: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780743478427. 
  9. ^ "Orange Prize for Fiction 2005". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Sponsorship & Entertainment (21 April 2009). "Orange Prize for Fiction announces 2009 shortlist". Orange Prize for Fiction newsroom. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Cochrane, Kira; Mills, Eleanor (2005). Journalistas : 100 years of the best writing and reporting by women journalists. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 9780786716678. 
  12. ^ Jill Abramson "The Lionesses", New York Times, 8 January 2006
  13. ^ Cochrane, Kira; Mills, Eleanor (2012). Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs 100 years of the best journalism by women. New York: Constable & Robinson. ISBN 9781780337074. 
  14. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2012). Women of the revolution : forty years of feminism. London: Guardian Books. ISBN 9780852652275.