(1904–81) Journalist and novelist, great-grandson of Henry Cockburn; he was born in Beijing and educated at Keble College, Oxford. Resigning as New York correspondent for The Times in 1933, he set up his own newsletter, The Week, which he continued to run while writing for the Daily Worker from 1936. His Spanish Civil War reportage was criticized by George Orwell in Homage to Catalonia. After moving to Youghal, Co. Cork, in 1946 he contributed articles to Punch and became a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the Irish Times. He was guest editor of Private Eye during the Profumo scandal in 1963. His best-known novel, Beat the Devil (1951), was made into a film of the same name by John Huston. His memoirs were collected as I Claud (1967).
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.