'Spellbinding' New Yorker • 'Exemplary' The Guardian • 'A masterpiece' Die Zeit • 'Brilliant' Economist • 'Extraordinary' TLS*
Charlie English is a British non-fiction 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, in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, where he worked as a reporter and editor. He later joined the Guardian, where he became arts editor. He was the Guardian's 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, published in 2008, 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), was released on May 4 2017. His latest, The Gallery of Miracles and Madness, will appear in the summer of 2021.
Charlie has appeared on NPR, the BBC and Channel 4, written for numerous newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, 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 children.