Sean Ryan read modern languages at Oxford and trained on a local paper, the Evening Post in Reading, where he was health correspondent. At the Sunday Times, he was environment correspondent for five years. This included covering and contributing to debate on sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been foreign editor of the Sunday Times since 1997, running a highly regarded team which has won ‘foreign reporter of the year’ at the British Press Awards for eight of the last 10 years – mostly for coverage of conflicts in the developing world.
In 2008, he ghosted The Flying Carpet to Baghdad by Hala Jaber, a Lebanese war correspondent struggling with infertility who tried to adopt two orphan sisters injured in Iraq. This was published by Macmillan in the UK and Penguin (Riverhead) in the US, and has now been published in 11 other countries, to astonishing reviews.
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