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Charles Lambert

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Charles Lambert was born in the United Kingdom but has lived in Italy for most of his adult life. His most recent novel is Prodigal. His previous novel, The Children's Home, was described by Kirkus Reviews as 'a one-of-a-kind literary horror story', while Two Dark Tales, published in October 2017, continues to disturb. Earlier books include three novels, a collection of prize-winning short stories and a memoir, With a Zero at its Heart, selected by the Guardian as one of its top ten books from 2014.


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Charles Lambert That's an interesting question. I imagine you're referring to The Children's Home, although my first novel is also about a girl who is brought up by…moreThat's an interesting question. I imagine you're referring to The Children's Home, although my first novel is also about a girl who is brought up by people other than her own parents. To be honest, I'd never really thought of the children in The Children's Home as foster children or of Morgan as a foster parent, probably because the children chose Morgan rather than the other way round but also because they don't conform at all to one's idea of ordinary children. They're strange from the start, from the moment of their arrival, and behave as though the house were theirs in a way foster children, I imagine, generally don't. What I really wanted to write about was the effect such children might have on a reclusive man like Morgan, and how their presence might change him. Everything else grew from that.(less)
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Charles Lambert Pure coincidence. It has to be, because I've never read Time's Arrow (something I intend to remedy...thank you for reminding me!)
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The Children's Home

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Little Monsters

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With a Zero at its Heart

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The Scent Of Cinnamon

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Any Human Face

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[image error]… my latest novel, Prodigal, was published yesterday and is now available from all the usual outlets, on and off-line. You can see what I have to say about it, and about loss and love,here. It’s been described as dark, and comic, and insightful, and alluring, and, er, uncomfortable. And if that isn’t enough to entice you to read it, I really don’t know what is.


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“It pleases him how Spell is how the word is made but also, in the hands of the magician, how the world is changed. One letter separates Word from World, and that letter is like the number one, or an 'I', or a shaft of light between almost closed curtains. There is an old letter called a thorn, which jags and tears at the throat as it's uttered. Later he learns that Grammar and Glamour share the same deeper root, which is further magic, and there can be neither magic without that root, nor plant. He's lost in it like Chid in Child, or God reversed into Dog. Somewhere inside him is a colon. A sentence can last for life.”
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message 12: by Charles

Charles We certainly do, Mike. And I can see a few books on your list that I haven't read yet but will be before too long...

Mike wrote: "Charles,

we have (literally) dozens of similar books with similar scores - do a Compare Books check. Nice.


:)"



message 11: by Hertzan

Hertzan Chimera Charles,

we have (literally) dozens of similar books with similar scores - do a Compare Books check. Nice.


:)


message 10: by David

David Katzman Thank you, sir! Your book is in my to-read stack...i have to finish up some non-fiction and then i'm into the Goodreads authors...i believe you are 3rd or 4th in queue. :-) But i'm quite looking forward to it.


Charles Well, don't let my blog posts put you off!




message 8: by Gary

Gary Thanks for the accept. I've always wanted to go to Italy. Maybe someday!


message 7: by Gary

Gary hey! Have you read Margaret Atwood's newest?????


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks Charles for adding me as a friend. I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on…clairkelley@synthasite.com. This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand.
Blessings,
Jeannie



message 5: by Ade

Ade Bailey Thanks for friend request. Intend doing a full review of Sea Stories when have read it all. So glad you like George Mackay Brown! Winter Tales just about right to revisit - along with Something Rich and Strange!


message 4: by Jason (last edited Jun 13, 2008 08:57AM)

Jason Thank you for taking the time to read "Don't Share A Cab in Peru". That you enjoyed it means a lot. Hopefully someone picks up the next piece, and the next.
(I've got a long way to go before I'll have enough for a collection.)

Cheers,
Jason




message 3: by Ceci

Ceci Thanks for the add, Charles!! I'm looking forward to reading your books, especially The Sea Stories, as I love the sea.


Charles Thanks, Jessica. I hope you like it!

Charles


message 1: by Jessica (last edited Mar 10, 2008 03:05PM)

Jessica Congratulations on your book's debut Charles!
I'll be sure to check it out--
Jessica.


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