Alex Perry is a non-fiction writer. He is the author of The Good Mothers, The Rift, Falling Off The Edge, and Lifeblood, as well as several ebooks, and ghost-wrote Long Shot for Azad Cudi, a British-Kurdish sniper. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Outside, 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 four Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) awards by Italy’s Giornalisti Cinematografici. For The Good Mothers, Disney+. Categories: best series; best actress (Barbara Chichiarelli); best actor (Francesco Colella); best supporting actress (Valentina Bellè).
Winner, Berlinale Festival’s inaugural Series Award. For The Good Mothers, a 6-part adaption for Disney+, by House Productions and Wildside, of Alex’s book of the same title. “The Good Mothers captured us with its multi-layered characters that are treated with care and allowed to evolve before our very eyes. We were moved, anxious and, at times, breathless. The series’ creators have been meticulous in recreating an authentic and detailed world, presented by a stellar cast, with performances that made our hearts skip a beat. The beautiful cinematography, production design and locations contribute to the ultra-realistic feel of the show, which is only right, considering it is based on true events and on real life characters – the courageous women who stood up to decades of oppression and misogyny and helped bring down the Calabrian mafia.”
Winner, Sydney Schanberg prize at the George Polk awards. For The Siege of the Amarula, Outside Magazine. The prize honours “highly distinguished, deep coverage of armed conflicts; local, state or federal government corruption; military injustice; war crimes, genocide or sedition; or authoritarian government abuses” of at least 5,000 words “that results from staying with a story, sometimes at great risk or sacrifice.”
The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari, a Moxie Films documentary adaptation of Alex’s Outside Magazine story The True Story of the White Island Eruption, on which Alex was a co-executive producer, became Netflix’s No. 1 film in 23 countries on release in December 2022, and made the top 10 in 76 countries. The film attracted an estimated audience of 52-87 million in its first 10 days.
Society of American Travel Writers, Travel News/Investigative Reporting, Second Place. For The World’s Most Dangerous Mountains, Outside magazine. “That the reporter has been to this remote and dangerous area of the Iraq-Iran border goes well beyond the use of first person. Readers can see the men and women burdened with outrageous weight as they trudge up the mountain and can hear them calling for a boy lost in a storm. The writer provides the history and politics that set up this horrifying route through some of the harshest country imaginable.“
Finalist, Arts and Culture Story of the Year, Foreign Press Association (London). For The Plot to Kill the Olympics, Outside magazine.
Finalist, excellence in feature writing, Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA). For The True Story of the White Island Eruption, Outside magazine. “Well-written, thoroughly reported and very, very gripping.” The New York Times.
The Ed Cunningham Award, best magazine-style, long-form narrative feature in print or digital on an international story, Overseas Press Club of America. For The Last Days of John Allen Chau, Outside magazine. “In this superb feat of compulsively readable storytelling, Alex Perry weaves a deeply humanising portrait of a young man with a deadly missionary zeal and illuminates the ongoing effects of missionary work, adventurism and the exoticism of the world’s remote peoples.”
Society of American Travel Writers, Travel News/Investigative Reporting, Third Place. For The Last Days of John Allen Chau, Outside magazine. “Skilful writing and masterful story-telling capture the behind-the-scenes story of a young man’s fateful odyssey to convert a little-known island tribe to Christianity. The story is told in intricate detail … The writer’s own journey to the area created extraordinary and engaging journalism.”
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.