Sarah Lambert Lyall is an American journalist who has worked for The New York Times, including an 18 year period as the title's London correspondent.

Sarah Lyall
Bornc. 1963
Notable credit(s)
The New York Times
TitleMs. Sarah Lyall
Spouse(s)Robert McCrum
ChildrenAlice and Isobel McCrum


Raised in New York City, Lyall attended the Chapin School[1] and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, class of 1981[2] and of Yale University. Lyall married the author and journalist Robert McCrum in 1995.[3]

After 18 years as London correspondent for The New York Times,[4] Lyall returned to New York with the couple's daughters in 2013; Lyall and McCrum have a transatlantic relationship.[5]

She has written about Prosopagnosia, or face-blindness, a condition from which she suffers.[6]


  • Lyall, Sarah; The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British New York: W. W. Norton, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-05846-8
  • McCrum, Robert; and Sarah Lyall. My Year Off: Recovering Life After a Stroke. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. ISBN 0-393-04656-7 ISBN 978-0393046564


  1. ^ "Alumnae authors who signed books at the 2009 book fair: Sara Lyall, '81, The Anglo Files". Chapin. Accessed 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Truths About Journalism and Humanity." Phillips Exeter Academy Lion's Eye, 8 May 2007. Accessed 9 May 2007.
  3. ^ "WEDDINGS; Sarah L. Lyall, Robert McCrum." The New York Times, 14 May 1995.
  4. ^ Seb Patrick "New York Times London Correspondent Offers American View on the U.K.", BBC America, 17 August 2013
  5. ^ Susannah Butter and Sarah Lyall "'Sometimes I felt loud and gauche, like a guest who shows up at a memorial service wearing a Hawaiian shirt': the thoughts of a New York Times correspondent on leaving London", London Evening Standard, 23 August 2013
  6. ^ Lyall, Sarah (27 November 2017). "Face Blindness: Sarah Lyall on a Curious Condition". Five Dials. Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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