Alex Perry

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Alex Perry is a writer and correspondent. He is the author of The Good Mothers, The Rift, Falling Off The Edge, and Lifeblood, as well as several ebooks, and his journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Guardian, TIME, Newsweek, Roads and Kingdoms, The Sunday Times magazine and others.

Alex’s journalism has won a number of awards and his investigation into Boko Haram’s use of beheadings was requested as evidence by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. At times, he has been recognised in other ways. In 2002, the Indian government tried to deport him when he questioned the state of the Prime Minister’s health. In 2007 Alex was held in jail in Zimbabwe for five days for working without accreditation before being convicted of being a “determined and resourceful journalist.”

Born in Philadelphia and raised in England, from 1999-2014, Perry lived and worked in Asia and Africa. He now lives in Hampshire, England.

Awards and Distinctions:


Nominated for a 2019 Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime for The Good Mothers.

The Good Mothers named a CrimeReads best Nonfiction Crime Book of 2018


British Society of Magazine Editors Rising Star Awards, Best Print Writer, Highly Commended, for Clooney’s War and Inside the Hunt for Boko Haram, Newsweek.

Kurt Schork Memorial Awards in International Journalism, Freelance Journalist Covering International News, shortlisted for Clooney’s War, Inside the Hunt for Boko Haram and Once Upon a Jihad, Newsweek.


Foreign Press Association, London, Sports Story of the Year, for Playing the Rebel Game (about the World Cup in South Africa), TIME magazine


Genesis Awards, Commendation, for Eden for Peaceful Apes (about bonobos in Congo), TIME magazine


South Asia Journalists Association, The Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Story on South Asia, Second Place, for Living on the Brink (about Nepal’s civil war), TIME magazine.


The Joseph L. Galloway War Correspondents’ Award for Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi, TIME magazine

American Society of Magazine Editors, National Magazine Awards, Reporting, Finalist for Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi, TIME magazine

The Society of Publishers in Asia, Certificate of Excellence in Reporting, for Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi, TIME magazine

The Henry R. Luce Awards, Special Citation, Reporting, for Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi, TIME magazine

Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi was also included in the anthology, The Best American Magazine Writing, 2002.