Alan Coren Biography

Alan Coren was a well known English writer, Satirist & columnist. Read on to know more about Alan Coren’s profile, childhood, life and timeline in this biography.

Alan Coren

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 27 June 1938
Died: 18 October 2007
Nationality: British
Sun Sign: Cancer
Children: Victoria Coren Mitchell, Giles Coren
Education: Wadham College, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley

Alan Coren, the well-known broadcaster and writer is one of the most prolific satirists in Britain. He is credited for creating numerous newspaper columns and books and was also the former editor of Punch and a panelist on the satirical show, ‘The News quiz’. He was popularly referred to as the ‘sage of Cricklewood’ by the readers.

Early Life & Career

Coren, an Oxford undergraduate was a man of high intellect ever since his college days. A brilliant conversationalist, his amazing writing skills often dominated the Punch Lunches at which he worked as the editor. Coren also authored numerous comic essays which includes ‘Golfing for Cats’ in 1975, ‘The Cricklewood Diet’ in 1982 and the Arthur Series of Children’s between 1976 and 1983. Coren played with words whether for a column in a newspaper, a piece of criticism for television, the plot of a novel or a witty observation on a show. Alan Coren also authored ‘The Collected Bulletins of Idi Amin’ (1974), a collection of his Punch articles. His last book was ‘69 For One’ which was published in 2007.
When he joined Punch, he was just 28 and was the youngest man to carve his name on the annals of the magazine. Joining as the editor, he ascended the career ladder to become the literary editor in 1966, deputy editor in 1969 and editor in 1978. He also established a parallel career as a columnist, contributing television reviews to ‘The Times’ and humorous columns to ‘Daily Mail’. Following the success at the Punch, he also became the editor of the ‘The Listener’, the weekly cultural magazine of BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He continued his contributions to ‘The Times’ and ‘The Mail’ on Sundays where he worked as a television critic since 1984. In 1992, he joined ‘Sunday Express’ as a humorous columnist where his career flourished as a humorous writer. Coren also tried his hand as a broadcaster thus joining the ‘The News Quiz’ at Radio 4 and becoming one of its most competitive participants. Coren also became the team captain in BBC2 word game ‘Call My Bluff’ in 1996. Alan Coren was awarded an honorary D.Litt. from Nottingham University in 1993.
Alan Coren married Anne Kasriel in whom he has two children namely, Giles and Victoria. He passed away on 18 October 2007 in London, due to Cancer.

Personal Life

Alan Coren married Anne (née Kasriel) in 1963 and both his children Giles Coren and Victoria Coren are journalists. His nephew Michael Coren is also a journalist.

Major Works

The Collected Bulletins of Idi Amin
The Best of Alan Coren
Chocolate And Cuckoo Clocks: The Essential Alan Coren
Golfing for Cats
The Sanity Inspector
Punch in the Country
The Peanut Papers in Which Miz Lillian Writes
The Peanut Papers
Klondike Arthur
The Punch Book Of Crime
69 For One


Alan Coren has two children namely Giles and Victoria.


1938: Alan Coren was born in Southgate in London.
1963: Alan Coren married Anne (née Kasriel).
1966: Joined the Punch as the literary editor.
1984: Coren worked as a television critic for ‘The Mail’.
1987: Alan Coren became its editor.
1987: Coren left Punch and became the editor of ‘The Listener’.
1989: Coren started writing a column he started a column in The Times, which he continued for the rest of his life.
2007: Coren passed away 18 at his home in North London due to Cancer.

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June 12, 2019

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