Hello, I'm Ann Wroe and I’ve been writing The Economist’s obituaries since 2003. Every week I tell the story of an extraordinary life, from household names to less well-known figures. We've even told the stories of departed animals and objects, su...
I’m Ann Wroe, a journalist at The Economist, and I’ve been writing the paper’s obituaries for over 15 years. Each week I try to capture the essence of a person (or sometimes an animal, or an object) and tell their life story.
Sometimes my subject will be a well-known figure, such as John McCain or Aretha Franklin. Other times they are more obscure, but no less extraordinary. In the last two weeks I've written about Atta Elayyan, a victim in the Christchurch attack, and Mags Portman, an HIV campaigner. I've even written an obituary for England’s most famous fish, a 25-year-old carp called Benson.
Previously I was Books and arts editor and US editor for The Economist, and I also write non-fiction books, most recently telling the life of St Francis through verse.
What would you like to know?