Charles Lambert

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: Born in England, Charles lives in Fondi, near Rome, working as a university teacher and freelance editor. He is the author of the novels LITTLE MONSTERS and ANY HUMAN FACE (Picador) and the short story collection THE SCENT OF CINNAMON (Salt). His work is included in THE BEST OF BRITISH SHORT STORIES 2013 (Salt) and he has won an O. Henry Award and other short story prizes.

THE VIEW FROM THE TOWER and WITH A ZERO AT ITS HEART were published in 2014 by Exhibit A and The Friday Project respectively.  His novella THE SLAVE HOUSE is available from Kindle Singles.

'Charles Lambert writes as if his life depends on it. He takes risks at every turn. … He pulls out the deepest-held emotions of his characters - love and desire and loneliness and hope - until they ripple across the page, and the reader feels them too.' -- Hannah Tinti

'Charles Lambert could one day attain classic status.' -- Maggie Gee

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 TWO DARK TALES: JACK SQUAT & THE NICHE  Literary fiction, 176 pages Aardvark Bureau, Oct 2017  A pair of disturbing novellas from the master of the literary uncanny

TWO DARK TALES: JACK SQUAT & THE NICHE

Literary fiction, 176 pages
Aardvark Bureau, Oct 2017

A pair of disturbing novellas from the master of the literary uncanny

 THE CHILDREN'S HOME  Literary fiction, 217 pages Scribner US, Aardvark Bureau UK, Jan 2016  Morgan is a shockingly disfigured recluse who never leaves the country mansion he is heir to.  But his solitary existence is disturbed when a young boy and girl arrive in the house, as if from nowhere. As the cluster of strangely wise children explore the corridors and abandoned rooms of the house, they reveal to Morgan a cabinet of curiosities – and bitter secrets of his own life.   'A one-of-a-kind literary horror story.’ –  Kirkus Reviews,  Starred review

THE CHILDREN'S HOME

Literary fiction, 217 pages
Scribner US, Aardvark Bureau UK, Jan 2016

Morgan is a shockingly disfigured recluse who never leaves the country mansion he is heir to.  But his solitary existence is disturbed when a young boy and girl arrive in the house, as if from nowhere. As the cluster of strangely wise children explore the corridors and abandoned rooms of the house, they reveal to Morgan a cabinet of curiosities – and bitter secrets of his own life. 

'A one-of-a-kind literary horror story.’ – Kirkus Reviews, Starred review

 PRODIGAL  Literary, 320 pages Aardvark Bureau, August 2018  Meet the hapless Jeremy: a man in his late 50s, he scrapes together a living in Paris by writing soft-core pornography under the saucy guise of ‘Nathalie Cray’. When his all-but-estranged sister tells him their father is on his deathbed, Jeremy reluctantly travels back to his parental home in the depths of the English countryside. Confronted with a life that he had always been eager to escape, his return marks the start of an emotionally fraught journey into the family’s chequered past. An atypical coming-of-age tale, Prodigal deftly reconsiders everything we think we know about the nature of trust, death, and what we do to each other in the name of love.   

PRODIGAL

Literary, 320 pages
Aardvark Bureau, August 2018

Meet the hapless Jeremy: a man in his late 50s, he scrapes together a living in Paris by writing soft-core pornography under the saucy guise of ‘Nathalie Cray’. When his all-but-estranged sister tells him their father is on his deathbed, Jeremy reluctantly travels back to his parental home in the depths of the English countryside. Confronted with a life that he had always been eager to escape, his return marks the start of an emotionally fraught journey into the family’s chequered past. An atypical coming-of-age tale, Prodigal deftly reconsiders everything we think we know about the nature of trust, death, and what we do to each other in the name of love.

 

 LITTLE MONSTERS  Literary fiction, 287 pages  Picador - February 2008  "When
 I was 13, my father killed my mother" - this first line throws the 
reader into Carol Foxe's world, in which to survive is to find a way to 
be invisible.  'Sharp like sherbet, poignant and gripping.' -- Griff Rhys Jones

LITTLE MONSTERS

Literary fiction, 287 pages 
Picador - February 2008

"When I was 13, my father killed my mother" - this first line throws the reader into Carol Foxe's world, in which to survive is to find a way to be invisible.

'Sharp like sherbet, poignant and gripping.' -- Griff Rhys Jones