|Nationality Italian, British|
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse Edward Lucas (m. 2003)
Parents Augusto Odone
Name Cristina Odone
Children Isabelle Lucas
|Full Name Cristina Patricia Odone|
Born 11 November 1960 (age 55) (1960-11-11) Nairobi, Kenya
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
Family Augusto Odone (father) Lorenzo Odone (half-brother)
Books A Perfect Wife, The Shrine, Untitled Odone
Education National Cathedral School, Worcester College, Oxford, St Clare's, Oxford
Similar People Lorenzo Odone, Edward Lucas, John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, Kingsley Martin
View from 22: Damian Thompson and Cristina Odone on whether religion is the new politics
Cristina Patricia Odone (born 11 November 1960) is a journalist, editor, and writer. She is the director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute. She has written for several newspapers, and was formerly the editor of The Catholic Herald, and deputy editor of the New Statesman.
- View from 22 Damian Thompson and Cristina Odone on whether religion is the new politics
- Early life
- Published works
- Personal life
Odone was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to an Italian father, Augusto Odone, and a Swedish mother. Her half-brother was Lorenzo Odone, after whom Lorenzo's oil is named.
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, Odone moved to Britain to go to St Clare's, a boarding school in Oxford. Odone studied French literature and history at Worcester College, Oxford.
Odone edited The Catholic Herald from 1991–95. Odone later worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., as an advisor to European companies. She resigned from The Catholic Herald to be able to finish her second novel, A Perfect Wife. In 1996, Odone became the television critic for The Daily Telegraph, a position she held for two years.
In 1998, Odone became deputy editor of the New Statesman. Odone resigned in November 2004. For six years Odone was a weekly columnist for The Observer. In 2005, Odone wrote and presented a Channel 4 documentary directed by David Malone called Dispatches: Women Bishops.
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. It subsequently became apparent that Hari was responsible, using pseudonymous sockpuppet accounts to make edits attacking Odone and his critics.
A frequent contributor to radio and television debates, Odone is presently a columnist for The Daily Telegraph.
In a piece for the Telegraph, "Gays will be faking it if they marry in church", Odone stated gay weddings would be a "pantomime ceremony".
Odone has written four novels: The Shrine (1996), A Perfect Wife (1997), The Dilemmas of Harriet Carew (2008) and The Good Divorce Guide (2009) She contributed to Why I am still a Catholic (2005).
Odone is married to Edward Lucas, a writer for The Economist magazine. The couple have one child; Lucas has two children from a previous marriage.