Ariel Leve

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Full name: Ariel Sharon Leve

Area of interest: Lifestyle and Culture

Journals/Organisation: The Observer | The Sunday Times

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Personal website:




Networks:!/arielleve | LinkedIn profile | Facebook profile



Education: Secondary School: Professional Children's School; New York University

Career: Features and interviews for The Sunday Times Magazine from 2003/2010; for a short time in 2005 had a weekly column in The Guardian called Half Empty, A pessimist's view of the world, from October 2005 transferred to The Sunday Times Magazine, being called Cassandra, ended January 2010; since March 2010 has written the monthly The Fussy Eater column in The Observer

Current position/role: Since January 2010 Ariel has been writing The Fussy Eater column which appears in the Observer Food Monthly

  • also writes/written for: The Guardian, Vogue, Granta

Other roles/Main role:

Other activities: Author


Viewpoints/Insight: My name is Ariel Sharon - New York writer Ariel Sharon Leve on the highs and lows of having the same name as an iron-fisted world leader - The Guardian, 14th April 2003

Broadcast media:

Video: The Cassandra Chronicles - Animated Short - YouTube



  • British Press Awards: nominated for Interviewer of the year, 2005
  • Magazine Design and Journalism Awards: Winner of Feature Writer of the Year, 2008
  • British Press Awards: Highly Commended as Feature Writer Of The Year, 2008
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Books & Debate:

  • 101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells, pp. 271-273 (Michael J. Rosen, Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, 2002) ISBN 0-312-28480-2
  • The Cassandra Chronicles (Portobello Books, UK, 2009) ISBN 978-1846272035

Latest work: It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me (Harper Perennial, April, 2010) ISBN 978-0061864599, ISBN 0-061-86459-5



The Sunday Times:

Column name: Cassandra (column previously ran in The Guardian under the title: Half Empty) - ended Jan 2010, see

Remit/Info: Lifestyle and relationship issues - living a single life

Section: Sunday Times Magazine

Role: Columnist




Commissioning editor:

Day published: Sunday

Regularity: Weekly

Column format:

Average length: 500/550 words

Articles: 2010

Articles: 2009

Articles: 2008

News & updates:



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