The Paris Correspondent

The Paris Correspondent

A Novel of Newspapers, Then and Now

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781590208809
  • 272 Pages
  • Overlook Books
  • Adult


The Paris Correspondent is a fast-paced trip into the dark heart of a newspaper office. Addictive and illuminating, it deftly portrays the rivalries and complicated passions at the story’s center. The Paris Correspondent is at once a great story and a tribute to journalism, love, and liquor in a turbulent era. Ed Clancy and Joe Shelby are journalists with The Paris Star, an English-language paper based in Paris. Relics from a time when print news was in its heyday, when being a reporter meant watching a city crumble around you as you called in one last dispatch, Clancy and Shelby are taken by surprise by the Internet age. The two friends are faced with the death of what they hold most dear–their careers–and, for Shelby, a woman he cannot bring himself to mention. Written in riveting prose that captures the foreign correspondent’s life, The Paris Correspondent is not to be missed. Writing from experience and in homage to Reynold Packard’s Dateline Paris, Alan S. Cowell, with his razor- sharp and darkly funny style, will win readers the world over.


"This novel is at once a celebration of the romantic life of the foreign news correspondent before the age of the Internet and an elegy for a once-noble profession that has become besieged, mercenary, and driven by the bottom line . . . Cowell finds his rhythm as he progresses and builds to a satisfying and poignant conclusion. — Library Journal

"No one knows the life of a foreign correspondent better than Alan Cowell and no one cooks up the way he does — sizzling over a hot flame with plenty of spices. He makes the mouth water, the eyes tear and the belly shake with laughter."
–John Darnton, award-winning journalist and author of Black and White and Dead All Over

"Good novels about journalists are rare and ones about website journalism, until now, non-existent. Alan Cowell has changed all that with this sparking story of foreign correspondents living life to the full in that most romantic of cities, Paris." — Phillip Knightley, author of The First Casualty, a history of war co

"Unlike most of the news stories we read these days, The Paris Correspondent provides a satisfying ending, with truth served and the honor of the journalism profession upheld–even if Mr. Cowell pulls an odd switch at the end and makes Joe Shelby address us directly, a jarring change in narrative tone." — New York Journal of Books

"A stylish, expertly drawn novel about the characters who made journalism what it was, and whose disappearance is making journalism what it is now." — Kirkus

"Cowell, a New York Times reporter, does an excellent job of dramatically illustrating the impact of technology on the gathering and dissemination of news…When these characters uncork a yarn about the past, the book snaps to life." — Publishers Weekly

“Alan Cowell tells a riveting story of adventure, courage, love, tragedy and betrayal, set in a world he knows as well as anyone – that of the peripatetic thrill-seeking foreign correspondent. But there’s a twist: that world is in peril as newspapers lose ground to the Internet. Cowell catches this moment brilliantly, offering an elegy to the past, a warning about the future and a tribute to old-school journalists caught in the maelstrom.”
–Alan Riding, author of And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied

"Cowell (himself the senior foreign correspondent for The New York Times) ventures into home territory with a wry portrait of old-school newshounds struggling to stay relevant." — The New York TimesSunday Book Review