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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 three-quarters of 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'. 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.

Featured books by Charlie Higson

Other books by Charlie Higson

Young Bond: Blood Fever

Young Bond: Blood Fever

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

James Bond has discovered danger. Now it's come looking for him. An Eton boy's family disappears at sea. James uncovers a shadowy society operating in a hidden corner of the school. And far from England, in the bandit-infested interior of Sardinia, a sinister Italian count has built himself a mountain fortress. Is there a connection? Young Bond is about to find out - and face a lethal group of villains beneath the burning Mediterranean sun.

The Fear (The Enemy Book 3)

The Fear (The Enemy Book 3)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

HE DOESN'T KNOW IT BUT DOGNUT IS ABOUT TO SET OFF A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY KID IN THE CITY. The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups . . . they're hungry. They're bloodthirsty. And they aren't giving up. DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

The Fear (The Enemy Book 3)

The Fear (The Enemy Book 3)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2011

The Enemy is coming for you . . . HE DOESN'T KNOW IT BUT DOGNUT IS ABOUT TO SET OFF A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY KID IN THE CITY. The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups . . . They're hungry. They're bloodthirsty. And they aren't giving up. DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

Young Bond: SilverFin

Young Bond: SilverFin

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Young Bond: SilverFin is the first explosive book in Charlie Higson's bestselling Young Bond series. Before the name became a legend. Before the boy became a man. Meet Bond. James Bond. There's something in the water at Loch Silverfin. Something deadly. Something that must be kept secret... It's James Bond's first day at Eton, and he's already met his first enemy. This is the start of an adventure that will take him from the school playing fields to the remote shores of Loch Silverfin and a terrifying discovery that threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare. 'Good, gritty and funny . . . Very clever, Bond, very clever indeed' Daily Mail 'a page-turning adventure that will get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck' Sunday Express Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. He has written five mega-selling novels about Young Bond - Silverfin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command, as well as Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier and best-selling teen thrillers The Enemy and The Dead. ***www.youngbond.com***

The Dead (The Enemy Book 2)

The Dead (The Enemy Book 2)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

The Dead is the second book in Charlie Higson's jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren't the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids - nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult, Greg, a butcher, who claims he's immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. But when fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won't all survive... 'Lord of the Flies with zombies...tons of nail-biting action' Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson 'Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right' Daily Mirror Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can't wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the thrilling third book in the series The Fear. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.

The Dead (The Enemy Book 2)

The Dead (The Enemy Book 2)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2010

The second heart-stopping, mind-blowing book in this killer series - the Enemy is back. A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren't the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids - nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult. Greg, a butcher, who claims he's immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. But as a fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won't all survive

The Enemy

The Enemy

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

Charlie Higson's The Enemy is the first in a jaw-dropping zombie horror series for teens. Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive? 'Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right' Daily Mirror 'Clever...fast-paced...inventive' Guardian Charlie Higson is the author of the bestselling Young Bond series of novels for young readers, including Silverfin and Double or Die, and the spine-tingling, teen zombie-horror series The Enemy. Can't wait for the next instalment? This edition contains the first chapter of the mind-blowing first chapter of the second book The Dead. Check out www.the-enemy.co.uk for more blood, more zombies and more terror.

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

Everything you ever wanted to know about the boy, who became the man, who became the legend, now in paperback. Featuring a brand-new story by Charlie Higson, The Young Bond Dossier is the complete and definitive guide to the world and adventures of Young Bond. Packed with information - from in-depth character profiles to the cars, the weapons and the exotic locations, plus facts, stats, photographs, maps, and illustrations by Kev Walker - this book is both a must-have for Young Bond fans and a perfect introduction to the megaselling series.

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.

Monstroso (Pocket Money Puffin)

Monstroso (Pocket Money Puffin)

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2010

Oscar is not looking forward to Grandad coming to look after him at the weekend - it means he'll have to play endless rounds of chess or Monopoly, instead of war games on his computer. But when he finds Dad's ancient laptop in the study, he can't resist logging on to something called Project X - and all too soon Oscar creates a real live warrior, who is programmed to obey his every command. However Monstroso's wires are more than a little crossed, and Oscar finds himself in all sorts of trouble... Crazy fighting and monsters abound in Charlie's Higson's highly entertaining story for younger readers.

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.

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier

Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2009

Featuring a brand-new story by Charlie Higson, the Young Bond Dossier is the complete and definitive guide to the world and adventures of Young Bond. Packed with information - from in-depth character profiles to the cars, the weapons and the exotic locations, plus facts, statistics, photographs, maps, and illustrations by Kev Walker - this book is both a must-have for Young Bond fans and a perfect introduction to the megaselling series.

The Enemy

The Enemy

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2009

They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you...When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city - down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?

Full Whack

Full Whack

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Dennis 'The Menace' Pike, former wild man of Tottenham, is going grey and going straight. Anyway, it was hard work being a yob- the birds, the brawls, the endless beers- and he hasn't really got the energy any more for life on the edge. Then two old faces turn up from the past- the Bishop brothers, Chas and Noel. Famously inept, they were bad news then, and they haven't aged well. What's worse, they need Pike's expertise on a scheme wealth distribution really- offloading one of the old gang's ill-gotten millions. Robbing the robbers- now what's criminal about that? Pike, still haunted by what happened one wreckless night all those years ago, refuses to get involved. But old habits die hard, and when he suddenly finds his bank account tampered with, Pike is drawn back into a world he spent ten years escaping. Thug or mug, he is nevertheless forced to confront a man so psychotically unhinged that his own youth seems like mere kids' stuff... A slick, razor-sharp novel, FULL WHACK is packed full of searing wit, scurrilous characters and nefarious knock-about.

Young Bond: By Royal Command

Young Bond: By Royal Command

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2009

Young Bond: By Royal Command is the fifth heart-stopping instalment in the phenomenal Young Bond series by Charlie Higson. Life for James Bond will never be the same again. 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. Life for James Bond will never be the same again. 'Action-packed and not for the faint-hearted' Daily Mail 'Double-oh so good' Sunday Times Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. He has written five mega-selling novels about Young Bond - Silverfin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command, as well as Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier and best-selling teen thrillers The Enemy and The Dead. ***www.youngbond.com***

King Of The Ants

King Of The Ants

Author: Charlie Higson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2009

It seemed straightforward enough. Sean had now consumed so much alcohol that everything seemed perfectly reasonable. He'd started planning the job already. The first problem was how to do it. Thirteen thousand pounds in an envelope seems a fair price for a man's life. Particularly if you don't know the man, he seems a nonentity, and you quite fancy his wife. And there's no chance of being caught. Sean is a drifter, working as a building labourer and waiting for something to happen. When Sean is offered easy money to tail someone and even more easy money to dispose of him, it's all more tempting than you might think. Except when you realize that you've been led up the garden path the whole way... KING OF THE ANTS is dark, disturbing and violently comic. In the tradition of both Joe Orton and Iain Banks, Charlie Higson pinpoints the casual vagaries of evil and its attendant powers. Unnerving, horribly accurate and wickedly enjoyable, it remains Higson's finest book.