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    Great debate on Jeremy Kyle this morning "why don't I just kill all these people?"
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Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, including the phenomenally successful Young Bond series.  He is also a performer and co-creator of 'The Fast Show' and Radio Four's award-winning 'Down the Line' series - recently made into a popular BBC2 sketch show, 'Bellamy's People'. Charlie is a big fan of horror films and is now hoping to give a great many children sleepless nights with his The Enemy series.

The Young Bond books have, to date, sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into 24 different languages. The Young Bond titles are included in a recent list of books complied by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the School Libraries Association to encourage school boys to read (www.boysintobooks.co.uk). 

After studying at the University of East Anglia, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then became a decorator before turning to the world of television and going into partnership with his friend Paul Whitehouse. Their successes included 'Saturday Live', the 'Harry Enfield Television Programme', 'The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer', 'Shooting Stars', 'Randall and Hopkirk, Deceased', the film 'Suite 16', 'Swiss Toni' and 'The Fast Show'.

Most recently Charlie and Paul co-produced, and performed in, the controversial and award-winning spoof radio series Down the Line for BBC Radio 4. This later became the television comedy series Bellamy’s People, on BBC 2, inspired by the Radio series.

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers, King of the Ants (1992), Happy Now (1993), Full Whack (1995) and Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen (1996).

Charlie lives in London with his wife and three sons.

Questions for Charlie Higson:

What was your inspiration for The Enemy?

George Romero’s early zombie films – Night of the Living Dead & Dawn of the Dead mostly. But there are bits of Lord of the Rings, fairy tales and the tales of the Greek heroes.

Which character was the most fun to write?

Small Sam and the Kid. They’re a good double act.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

I use my own kids and their friends for inspiration, but there is no one character
that is based on one particular person.

What was the last film that blew you away?

Pan’s Labyrinth was amazing. Special effects and fantasy are used for more than just pretty pictures.

Who would you choose to be if you could be a celebrity for the day?

That idea is just too scary to contemplate. My God, imagine !

Click here to read more Charlie Higson Q&A.

Charlie Higson loves what could be THE debut of 2011, Undead by Kirsty McKay: 'A kick-ass teen-action zombie-fest. Fast, furious, freaky, funny and seriously sick. Oh, and did I mention it kicks ass ?' 

 

Author photo: Andy Paradise


Featured Books, with extracts by Charlie Higson


The Hunted
Reader Reviewed The Hunted
Charlie Higson
Best-selling Charlie Higson’s sixth title in the ‘The Enemy’ series is as thrilling and chilling as its predecessors. In a world in which everyone over fourteen is struck down by a hideous illness which ravages their bodies and turns them...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | Christmas Books 2014
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Fallen
The Fallen
Charlie Higson
April 2014 Book of the Month  Best-selling Charlie Higson continues his gripping zombie series which began with The Enemy. The Holloway Crew, weakened but still functioning, have now travelled across London and reached the Natural History Museum. Despite their failing...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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The Fallen
The Fallen
Charlie Higson
Best-selling Charlie Higson continues his gripping zombie series which began with The Enemy. The Holloway Crew, weakened but still functioning, have now travelled across London and reached the Natural History Museum. Despite their failing powers, they are determined to fight...
Featured in: 14+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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The Sacrifice
The Sacrifice
Charlie Higson
April 2013 Book of the Month  There aren't many authors who are able to conjure up fear and terror in the way Charlie Higson does so brilliantly in his series The Enemy of which The Sacrifice is the fourth. ...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
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The Sacrifice
The Sacrifice
Charlie Higson
April 2013 Book of the Month. There aren't many authors who are able to conjure up fear and terror in the way Charlie Higson does so brilliantly in his series The Enemy of which The Sacrifice is the fourth.  His...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2012
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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
April 2012 Book of the Month.   Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2012
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The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
The Fear (The Enemy Series 3)
Charlie Higson
Best-selling author Charlie Higson has created a chilling world in his thrilling Zombie series. Not only have all the adults – older siblings and parents – lost their minds and become hopeless has-beens but there is the horrific danger of...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
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The Dead (The Enemy Series 2)
The Dead (The Enemy Series 2)
Charlie Higson
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011 Charlie Higson packs a punch with the second in his gripping adventure series set in a dystopian future in which adults have ceased to be protectors. England has been struck by a deadly...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Book Awards | Books of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
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The Dead (The Enemy Series 2)
The Dead (The Enemy Series 2)
Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson packs a punch with the second in his gripping adventure series set in a dystopian future in which adults have ceased to be protectors. England has been struck by a deadly disease which takes out young people as...
Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/09/2010
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The Enemy (The Enemy series 1)
Reader Reviewed The Enemy (The Enemy series 1)
Charlie Higson
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010.  A thrilling story of survival against the odds in a world in which adults have been killed or brain-crazed leaving only children under fourteen and with no one to look after them.  How...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Audio Books | Book Awards | Books Reviewed by Children
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2010
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Monstroso: A Pocket Money Puffin
Monstroso: A Pocket Money Puffin
Charlie Higson
Absolutely gripping, this is a brilliantly witty story of a computer game with a difference. When Oscar fires up his father’s new work computer he finds his way into a computer game with a difference. Creating his warrior Montroso on...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2010
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The Enemy (The Enemy series 1)
Reader Reviewed The Enemy (The Enemy series 1)
Charlie Higson
A thrilling story of survival against the odds in a world in which adults have been killed or brain-crazed leaving only children under fourteen and with no one to look after them.  How a bunch of children survive as they...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | Books Reviewed by Children | Books of the Month
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2009
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Young Bond : By Royal Command
Young Bond : By Royal Command
Charlie Higson
Adventure, and loads of it - By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2009
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Young Bond : Silverfin The Graphic Novel
Young Bond : Silverfin The Graphic Novel
Charlie Higson
Graphic novel - Lovereading review to follow soon...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2008
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Young Bond : By Royal Command
Young Bond : By Royal Command
Charlie Higson
Adventure, and loads of it - By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond. Whether on holiday or at school, James finds it hard to keep out of danger. Even on school...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2008
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Young Bond : Hurricane Gold
Young Bond : Hurricane Gold
Charlie Higson
The stakes are high, dangerously high in this thrilling new adventure for the young James Bond. The opening scene of chilling horror leaves readers in no doubt of evil intent that drives the criminal gang. Intent that will soon be...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2008
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Young Bond : Hurricane Gold CD
Young Bond : Hurricane Gold CD
Charlie Higson
This is the audio CD version of the 4th book in the new bond series by Charlie Higson. The stakes are high, dangerously high in this thrilling new adventure for the young James Bond. The opening scene of chilling horror leaves readers...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Cd-audio - Released: 27/09/2007
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Young Bond : Double Or Die CD
Young Bond : Double Or Die CD
Charlie Higson
This is the audio CD version of the 3rd book in the young bond series by Charlie Higson. Hugh (11) – I was hooked on the Young Bond series after reading the first, Silverfin. The second, Blood Fever,...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Audio Books
Format: Cd-audio - Released: 10/01/2007
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Young Bond : Double or Die
Young Bond : Double or Die
Charlie Higson
Hugh (11) – I was hooked on the Young Bond series after reading the first, Silverfin. The second, Blood Fever, was better and so I was eagerly awaiting the third and I haven’t been disappointed. This...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 04/01/2007
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Young Bond : Blood Fever
Young Bond : Blood Fever
Charlie Higson
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards - Book I couldn't put down. Fans and non-fans of the grown up James Bond alike will be equally attracted to the young James Bond, now back to be the hero of a...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/01/2006
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Young Bond : Blood Fever CD
Young Bond : Blood Fever CD
Charlie Higson
This is the audio CD version of the 2nd book in the new bond series by Charlie Higson. Fans and non-fans of the grown up James Bond alike will be equally attracted to the young James Bond, now back to be the...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Cd-audio - Released: 05/01/2006
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Young Bond : Silverfin
Young Bond : Silverfin
Charlie Higson
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. James Bond is back, aged 13 years. The original superspy. A global phenomenon . A hero every boy wants to be, and every girl wants to know. Ages 10+ years. This...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2005
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Young Bond : Silverfin CD
Young Bond : Silverfin CD
Charlie Higson
The CD audio version of Charlie Higson's classic telling of James Bond's school days. James Bond is back, aged 13 years. The original superspy. A global phenomenon . A hero every boy wants to be, and every girl wants to...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Cd-audio - Released: 03/03/2005
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