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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 latest novel, The Children's Home, described by Kirkus Reviews as 'a one-of-a-kind literary horror story', is set in neither country. 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 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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Little Monsters

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With a Zero at its Heart

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The Scent Of Cinnamon

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[image error]Two years ago I was at the Mantova Literary Festival to promote the Italian translation of The View from the Tower (Occasioni di Morte, published by Voland). I was talking with Marcello Fois, the Sardinian novelist and journalist Carlo Annese, and I was struck, as ever, by the gap between writing a book and having to talk about it or, even worse, talk about issues that relate in so...

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“Sometimes you have to give up the easy thing and do the right one,”
Charles Lambert, The Children's Home

“Rooms are never alone," said the Doctor with a laugh. "Only the people who live them can be alone.”
Charles Lambert, The Children's Home

“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.”
Charles Lambert, With a Zero at its Heart

“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
Bertolt Brecht

“When the artist finds himself he is lost. The fact that he has succeeded in never finding himself is regarded by Max Ernst as his only lasting achievement. ”
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“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“The things that the novel does not say are necessarily more numerous than those it does say and only a special halo around what is written can give the illusion that you are reading also what is not written.”
Italo Calvino

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

(Casual Chance, 1964)”

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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, 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… 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.

Abailart 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.)


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!


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--

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