ALAN RIDING is a journalist and writer who was born in Brazil to British parents and was educated in Britain. He studied economics at Bristol University and was called to the bar at Gray's Inn, London. He then chose a career in journalism, moving from London to New York with Reuters and then to Mexico with The Financial Times and The Economist. In 1977, Riding joined The New York Times in Mexico and, in the following years, he also covered the Nicaraguan Revolution and the civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala. Alan Riding in Paris, France - Author of And The Show Went On - Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris during World War 2 involving writers and artists
At the end of his assignment in Mexico, Riding wrote Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans (Knopf/Vintage), which has sold over 450,000 copies worldwide and is now considered a classic about modern Mexico. From a base in Rio de Janeiro, he then covered South America - notably the transitions from military to civilian rule and the guerrilla wars in Peru and Colombia - before returning to Europe, first Rome, then Paris, in 1989.

After five years as The New York Times's bureau chief in Paris, Riding became the newspaper's European Cultural Correspondent. While in this post, he co-authored Essential Shakespeare Handbook and Opera, two illustrated reference books published by Dorling Kindersley. He left The New York Times in July 2007 to devote himself to his new book, And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris, now published by Knopf.

In 1980, Riding was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize by Columbia University for his coverage of Latin America and he has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club and the Latin American Studies Association in the United States. In 2003, Riding was made a member of the Orden del Įguila Azteca (Order of the Mexican Eagle), the highest honor given by Mexico to foreign citizens.

Riding lives in Paris and is married to the journalist Marlise Simons.

Alan Riding, 48 rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris 75006