Charlie English is a British journalist and author. He grew up in the East Riding of Yorkshire and is a graduate of Imperial College and City University, London.
He found his first journalism job in Peshawar, Pakistan, working as a reporter for The News. He later joined the Guardian, where he was head of international news from 2010 to 2013, a period that coincided with the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami, the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Nelson Mandela and the wars in Libya and Syria.
His first book, The Snow Tourist, was described as “a cracking read that deserves to be by the bedside of every keen skier and snowboarder” (The Economist) and "the perfect winter book" (Metro). His second, The Storied City (published in the UK as The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu), is released on May 4 2017.
English has appeared on NPR, the BBC and Channel 4. He has written for the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent, and lectured at the Royal Geographical Society, where he is a fellow. He lives in London with his wife and three children.