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Claudia Cragg

Agent: In the UK, Patrick Walsh, Conville & Walsh, London and in the US, Muriel Nellis at Literary and Creative Artists Inc. D.C. (202-362-4688)
Nr. Moreton in Marsh, United Kingdom


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Claudia Cragg, foreign correspondent and author, recently came out with a new best-seller, 'The New Maharajahs: The Commercial Princes of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This follows her previous success with 'The New Taipans: A vital Source Book on the People and Business of the Asian-Pacific Rim.', (Random House UK 1995, ISBN 0 7126 61328) She also wrote "Hunting With The Tigers: Doing Business With The Asian Pacific Rim', Pfeiffer, 1993: ISBN: 0-89384-204-4. She is currently working on her next book for Random House UK on Asia and, also, on her first novel.

She continues to be a regular contributor to a number of major Japanese, European, and Asian publications on the subject of Asia, its people, places and business. She is also a regular broadcaster on her subject.

For some years, Claudia Cragg, an Asia specialist, was based in Tokyo and Hong Kong, reporting both in hard news and in feature stories on all dimensions of business in the region for Asia Magazine (then News International). This included coverage of many companies on the Nikkei and other Asian stockmarkets, of numerous business leaders and of politics at the highest level. Before that, she was an established feature writer for Asia's pre-eminent English language newspaper, The South China Morning Post but started out in journalism in London on 'Which?', the magazine of the UK's Consumers' Association.

For her Asia-based editorial jobs, she travelled very widely throughout the Pacific Rim and elsewhere in the world on a roving brief. She is a former editor of Tokyo Journal, that city's leading English-language magazine and of B International magazine (with Alan Zie Yongder) in Hong Kong.

Born Claudia MacLeod-Johnstone, she is the daughter of one of Britain's pioneer television anchormen and broadcasters, Kenneth MacLeod (known in the 1950s as "The Golden Boy of Rediffusion', latterly of Westward Television -- Sir Peter Cadbury -- and TV SouthWest) and of Diane Hart. Ms Hart is a veteran actress of numerous well-known films with such stars as David Niven and of many, many West End plays during her continuing career, including the original stage performance of 'The Little Hut' with Robert Morley and David Tomlinson. She also, during the whole of Claudia's formative years, had a seemingly endless run of West End appearances in plays such as 'The Man Most Likely To' and 'Move Over Mrs. Markham' and the odd Oscar Wilde play sandwiched in-between. Claudia herself showed no interest in the theater, despite spending years and years 'backstage' and the fact that even her grandmother, Marie Link, was a 1920s stage star of the Folies Bergeres in Paris with Miss Tanguett and of many Hippodrome and vaudeville appearances. Marie Link's husband, the author's grandfather, was a 'hoofer' who danced alongside Fred Astaire on many occasions.

Interests: Asia, politics, current affairs, journalism, personality interviews

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Hunting With The Tigers:Doing Business with Hongkong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam
  • The New Taipans:A Vital Source Book on the People and Business of the Pacific Rim
  • The New Maharajahs: The Commercial Princes of India, Pakistan & Bangladesh