Charlie Higson - Author

About the Author

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 !

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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 by Charlie Higson

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

9+ readers 13+ readers

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Other books by Charlie Higson

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

Fighting Fantasy: The Gates of Death

9+ readers 13+ readers

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2018

The End (The Enemy Book 7)

The End (The Enemy Book 7)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2015

It all comes to an end in the final book in The Enemy series The sickness struck everyone over fourteen. First it twisted their minds. Next it ravaged their bodies. Now they roam the streets - Crazed and hungry. Sickos swarm the streets of London. Gathered in the centre of the city, they lie in wait. The survivors have one final epic battle to overcome. Together they must work out a plan of attack and end the grown-ups reign of terror before it's too late. The end is coming.

Freddy and the Pig

Freddy and the Pig

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

A laugh-out-loud look at little boys and their charming habits. Freddy thinks he's hit on a great plan when he sends a pig to school in his place. But after some initial teething troubles, the pig quickly settles in and Freddy soon finds himself out in the cold! Part of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family, with easy-read font.

Enemy: Geeks vs Zombies

Enemy: Geeks vs Zombies

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/04/2013

Can't get enough of Charlie Higson's gruesome Enemy series? This exclusive short story will satisfy that thirst for more blood and gore!In a changed world where adults have become sickos ravaged by disease, everyone under the age of fourteen is fighting to survive. Chris and his friends are determined to mark World Book Day, but when a fellow survivor turns against them they're left defenceless. Can they stop a gruesome attack from their violent enemy in a deadly battle of geeks vs zombies?

By Royal Command

By Royal Command

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2010

Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school-and his country. Forced to flee from Eton to Austria, James must leave behind everything he knows, with only a beautiful-and dangerous-girl by his side. Soon he is trapped in a deadly war of secrets and lies, as a nightmare reunion with a bitter enemy plunges him once more into the face of death. With nowhere to run and no one to trust, James will have to uncover the truth behind an evil plot before all is lost. Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

Hurricane Gold

Hurricane Gold

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2010

As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lagrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres Hermanas, ex-flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But when a hurricane hits, and the storm rages on, a gang of thieves lies in ambush. They want Stone's precious safe and will kill for its contents. When Stone's children are kidnapped, James embarks on a deadly chase through the Mexican jungle. On this terrifying trail of greed and betrayal, only danger is guaranteed-survival is not.

SilverFin: Young Bond Book #1

SilverFin: Young Bond Book #1

Author: Charlie Higson Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2007

What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, readers meet a young boy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will someday take him across the globe, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals of all time. When we first meet young James, he's just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930s, and from there, the action moves to the Highlands of Scotland, where Alfie Kelly, a local boy, has gone missing. James teams up with the boy's cousin, Red, to investigate the mystery, and they soon discover that Alfie's disappearance is linked to a madman and his sinister plot for global power. Acclaimed British author Charlie Higson has written a brilliantly crafted tale that reveals the unknown story of a boy who grew up to become one of the most iconic figures of our time. SilverFin is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will mesmerize readers of all ages.From the Compact Disc edition.

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