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Hi, I’m Charlie English. I’m a London-based non-fiction writer, the author of three internationally acclaimed books: The Gallery of Miracles and Madness (2021), The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (2018) and The Snow Tourist (2009). In a former life I was Head of International News at Guardian News and Media.


I've appeared on NPR, the BBC and Channel 4, written for numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent, and given talks at Hay, Jaipur and the Royal Geographical Society, where I'm a fellow. 

I’m currently working on a book about the CIA’s bid to bring down the Soviet Union with literature.


I’m also running a project to support the Mohamed Tahar manuscript library in Timbuktu through this Patreon page.

Finally, I’m working with my talented border collie, Enzo, to try to learn how to handle sheep, which may be my most difficult task yet. You can follow our adventures on Instagram here.  

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