Cristina Odone writes a column for The Guardian and The Observer and also regularly writes for The Times. She broadcasts widely, on radio and television, and is a former Deputy Editor of The New Statesman. Between 1990 and 1994 she edited The Catholic Herald. She has written two novels, The Shrine and The Perfect Wife. Born of an Italian father and a Swedish mother, Cristina has lived in Rome, Washington DC and Oxford. She now lives in west London with her husband and daughter.