Sarah Murray
International Journalist, Expert on Death and Mourning

A longtime contributor to the Financial Times on topics such as sustainability, business, travel and lifestyle, Sarah Murray is the author of Making An Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead—both a “charming and informative” study of how different cultures mourn their dead, and a eulogy for her own father. In her earlier book, Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat, Murray satisfies a lifelong fascination with global cargo transport by examining the movement of food and the impact it has had on politics, economics and culture.


Sarah Murray began at the Financial Times in 1990, first in London and, since 2001, in New York as a contributing feature writer. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong as a journalist at the South China Morning Post, the region’s leading daily; in Vietnam, where she helped launch an English language magazine aimed at foreign investors called Vietnam Economic Times; and in South Africa, where she worked as a freelance writer. Her writing has appeared in many other publications including The New York Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post,, The Independent (UK), The Observer (UK),New Statesman,the Times Higher Educational Supplement (UK),The Guardian(UK), Museums Journal, Opera Now, Conde Nast Traveller (UK), Asian Art, and South Africa’s Business Day and Sunday Life. She is a regular speaker on radio and television and at conferences and literary events, including the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival in Bali, Indonesia and the UK’s Six Feet Under convention.


Born and brought up in Dorset, England, Sarah Murray went to school in Bath and gained her MA degree in history of art from Edinburgh University. She is an avid traveller and has visited Iran, Singapore, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Benin, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tibet, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Mongolia, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Russia and the Czech Republic.

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Making an Exit
From the Magnificent to the Macabre---How We Dignify the Dead

"Not only a fascinating travelogue but also a personal meditation on loss and fate...There is a wealth to discover within these pages."—The...

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Moveable Feasts
From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat

Today the things we eat and drink have crossed oceans, continents, and even airspace before reaching the dinner table. The complex systems and technologies...

Making an Exit:
Sarah Murray talks about her poignant and personal quest to discover how death is commemorated across the world: from Bali, where grief is discouraged so the dead can move on, to a Philippine village where caskets hang in caves. With her wit and unflagging sense of adventure, Sarah Murray is the perfect guide to understanding mourning across cultures, and also to the many unique ways of finding peace with one’s mortality.
Moveable Feasts:
Murray brings an unusual historical perspective to a subject that has grabbed the headlines, the carbon footprint of the food we eat. Drawing examples from the first to the 21st centuries—from the Romans’ olive oil to salmon that has travelled to China and back—Sarah Murray shows us how the odysseys of food are the inevitable consequence of man’s quest for sustenance and argues that globetrotting dinners were a reality long before the term food miles was coined.

Praise for Moveable Fests "A fascinating chronicle of mankind's efforts to move food throughout history."
--The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

"[Murray's] investigations are detailed, sophisticated, and intellectually satisfying."
--The Washington Post

"Hugely enjoyable . . . I've read more than my share of books about food, and this one really stands out for being well researched and highly entertaining."
--Tim Zagat, cocreator and publisher of the Zagat Survey guides

"Packed with fascinating information."
--The Washington Post