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Charlie English

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Charlie English found his first journalism job in Peshawar, Pakistan. He later joined the Guardian, where he was head of international news from 2010 to 2013.

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). His second, The Storied City (published in the UK as The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu), was released on May 4 2017, and has been called "wholly gripping" (Sunday Times) and "a piece of postmodern historiography of quite extraordinary sophistication and ingenuity" (TLS)

He lives in London with his wife and three children.
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Charlie English Hi Kerry, thanks for asking, and for reading and rating Book Smugglers.

I am thinking about another book, yes, but it's not definite yet so I can't re…more
Hi Kerry, thanks for asking, and for reading and rating Book Smugglers.

I am thinking about another book, yes, but it's not definite yet so I can't really give details. As you can imagine, there's a lot of research to be done before it becomes clear if a particular story can sustain a whole book–but in this case I'm optimistic! Essentially it's another international story about culture under threat, and what happened to the people who created it.

Best wishes,

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Charlie English Hi Richard, thanks for reading the book! Am glad you found it informative. On the maps front: I hoped we'd got the significant places down, but do let…moreHi Richard, thanks for reading the book! Am glad you found it informative. On the maps front: I hoped we'd got the significant places down, but do let me know which ones you felt were missing. I guess we wanted to keep the maps in one place, rather than scattered throughout, but yes I'm afraid that means some flipping. Best wishes, Charlie E(less)
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“Every Autumn now my thoughts return to snow. Snow is something I identify myself with. Like my father, I am a snow person.”
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“In the nineteenth century, Fritjof Nansen wrote that skiing washes civilization clean from our minds by dint of its exhilarating physicality. By extension, I believe that snow helps strip away the things that don't matter. It leaves us thinking of little else but the greatness of nature, the place of our souls within it, and the dazzling whiteness that lies ahead.”
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“In this sense, Hitler´s painting supports [Hannah] Arendt´s theory of National Socialism--that it was defined by its banality and lack of empathy. The Nazis relied on the ability of people not to imagine themselves in someone else´s shoes. The lack of a connection was very much the point.”
Charlie English, The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler's War on Art

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