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Best-selling author and martial arts black-belt

Charles Harris is a best-selling author, international award-winning writer-director, a martial arts black belt, a highly respected script consultant and co-founder of the first screenwriters’ workshop in the world.

He’s also a passionate Green and would love to save the human race, if it wants to be saved.

Charles’s first novel, the political thriller The Breaking of Liam Glass (Blue Coast Publishing) was an Amazon bestseller and double award-nominated.

His second, Room 15 (published by Bloodhound Books) is a psychological mystery thriller about a police detective with amnesia. It too immediately became an Amazon bestseller.

His film work includes the rite-of-passage movie Paradise Grove, which won Best New Director in Palm Springs and the BBC2 satirical documentary Sex, Drugs and Dinner, with Alexei Sayle, winning Best Network Programme in the UK. He co-founded the first screenwriters’ workshop in the world, London Screenwriters’ Workshop, now Euroscript and is a 6th Dan black-belt in Aikido.

As a non-fiction author, his books Teach Yourself: Complete Screenwriting Course and Jaws in Space: Powerful Pitching for Film and TV are Amazon best-sellers and recommended reading on MA courses.

He has appeared on BBC TV and radio, and written and directed for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, as well as freelance work for national and local newspapers and magazines.

He has a wife and two cats, who live with him in London, and two sons, who don’t.

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A natural story-teller” – Ian St James Awards

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Best-selling author Charles Harris loves telling stories in all media and helping others to tell theirs. His is a distinctive voice, mixing humour, suspense, memorable characters and a very personal style.

When not writing he spends his time bouncing people on their heads in the Aikido dojo and telling others that it might be a good idea to save the human race.

Before becoming a screenwriter and film director he studied law and then English at Christ’s College, Cambridge before leaving to go to the London Film School, which promptly folded, fell in love with journalism, and worked as an assistant in BBC News on the Today Programme, World at One, PM and The World Tonight.

At the same time, he was drawn to Zen and the martial arts, first studying Tai Chi, then Aikido, in which he rose to 6th Dan black belt.

His first professional TV film, the arts documentary Marc Chagall: The Colours of Passion, won awards across the world. He moved from documentary to drama with eight episodes of the Channel 4 soap, Brookside.

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Filming Paradise Grove

His first movie script – a thriller – took many years to complete, but at the end of it he’d discovered an unexpected passion for writing. That first script was eventually bought, and packaged by a major Hollywood agency.

Of his theatre work, he’s particularly proud of the plays he’s directed for Pentameters in Hampstead, London’s first pub theatre, as well as the parody The Master of Two Servants for Cameo Players, and September Rock – an impromptu mini rock festival for New End.

Recently, he directed Silent Voices, a dramatised documentary, from a very powerful script by Barbara Gorna about the effects of domestic violence.

As a non-fiction author, he debuted with Police Slang – followed by Teach Yourself: Complete Screenwriting Course and Jaws in Space: Powerful Pitching for Film and TV – both of which have featured on Amazon’s best-seller lists and are recommended reading on MA courses.

His first novel, The Breaking of Liam Glass was published in 2017 by Marble City, immediately hitting the Amazon bestseller lists with its dark expose of sleaze in tabloid journalism. It was subsequently nominated for a Wishing Shelf Literary Award and an Eyelands International Literary Award and the second edition is published by Blue Coast Publishing.

He has since written the crime thriller Room 15(Bloodhound Books, 2020) centring on a police detective with amnesia. It too became an Amazon bestseller.

Previously, Harris has had short stories nominated for awards, written freelance articles for national and local newspapers and magazines and appeared on BBC1, BBC Radio 4 and local radio. His popular short story collection The Cupboard has also been published by Marble City.

In his spare time, he is learning Japanese, practises NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and runs an Aikido club in North West London. He has a wife and two cats, who live with him in London, UK, and two sons, who don’t.

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  1. davidomancopyDave Oman said:

    July 11, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Recently, I bought Charles Harris’ book on Complete Screenwriting Course…

    I had been looking for many years to find such a book as this one…

    No other book takes you by the hand and explains how to write screenplays like this one…

    From A to Z this book guides you through the maze of crafting a screenplay…

    It explains all one needs to know when writing a screenplay…

    I have over 100 books on the craft of screenwriting lining my shelves…

    Not one of them comes close to Charles’ book on Complete Screenwriting Course…

    One doesn’t need any other books for guidance when you purchase Charles’ excellent book…

    In fact, you’ll save many hundreds of pounds by buying this book…

    Most books on the subject of writing a screenplay doesn’t go far enough. Thus leaving the reader bewildered…

    This is not the case with Charles’ book…

    In my honest opinion, by using the tips and techniques in Charles’ book. One has a better chance of selling his/her screenplay…

    Best wishes, Charles for a book well written.

    Dave Oman

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