David Charles Manners

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David Charles Manners (born 1965) is a British writer published in four languages. He is a representative for the charity Diversity Role Models,[1][2] and the co-founder of Sarvashubhamkara, a charity that provides medical care, education and human contact to socially excluded individuals and communities on the Indian subcontinent, most of whom are affected by the stigma of leprosy.[3][4]


David's mother was raised in Sussex, his father on India's North-West Frontier and in East Punjab.[5]

David was raised in a Mormon family, but was excommunicated by a church court at the age of 20 for being gay. [6] He is the 3+great-grandson of Dr. Charles Thomas Pearce.[7]

Education and career[edit]

David worked as a theatre designer, primarily with Adventures in Motion Pictures. His designs included Matthew Bourne's Infernal Galop (1989; revived 1992), Deadly Serious (1992), The Percys of Fitzrovia (1992) and Drip (BBC's Dance for the Camera, 1993). 2012 saw Infernal Galop revived by Bourne's New Adventures, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the founding of his companies.[8]

He also designed the first Italian translation of Bernstein's Candide for Graham Vick at Batignano, Tuscany.[9]

Awarded a BA Music (Sound & Image) degree from Newton Park College, Bath, he went on to train in Physical Medicine and subsequently worked for thirteen years as Physical Therapist with musicians, conductors and singers at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.[10][11][12]

He is a contributor to various journals[13][14] including the National Geographic Traveller magazine.[15]

David writes in French and was commissioned to provide an article for the publication Memoire d'Opale in 2018. Le cœur si doux et si tendre - Lettres d’amour interdites à Montreuil-sur-Mer describes the set of secret love letters he discovered at the back of a family diary dating from the Franco-Prussian War. [16]

His first book, In the Shadow of Crows, was published in 2009 by Reportage Press,[17] A second edition, published by Signal Books, was released in August 2011.

David spent 2011 in collaboration with Jerwood Award-winning choreographer and director Ben Wright,[18] creating text to inspire a new work for the dance company bgroup, which was taken on a national tour in the UK.[19][20]

His second book, Limitless Sky, was released by Rider (imprint), a Random House division, in June 2014. It has subsequently been published in translation, in both Lithuanian and Turkish. [21][22][23][11] Lithuania's television channel tv3 recommended Limitless Sky in its 20 Best Books for the Summer in 2015.[24] The book is referenced by the OED for the use of the term faggot.[25]

In 2015, David was interviewed for inclusion in the schools handbook How to Create Kind Schools by Jenny Hulme (published by Jessica Kingsley), to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the national anti-bullying charity Kidscape.[26][27]


  1. ^ http://www.diversityrolemodels.org
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Charles-Manners/e/B003VOK9N0
  3. ^ sarvashubhamkara
  4. ^ http://www.davidcharlesmanners.com/INTERVIEWS_files/ASTHMA%20HEALING.pdf
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046l690
  7. ^ http://sueyounghistories.com/archives/2009/04/04/charles-thomas-pearce-1815-1883/
  8. ^ http://www.dancing-times.co.uk/news/item/712-matthew_bourne_anniversary
  9. ^ Pugliaro, Georgio; Silvana Ottolenghi (1993). Opera '93 - Annuario dell=opera lirica in Italia (in Italian). Torino, Italy: EDT. p. 396. ISBN 88-7063-182-6.
  10. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Limitless-Sky-David-Charles-Manners/dp/1846044456
  11. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046l690
  12. ^ http://www.davidcharlesmanners.com/ewExternalFiles/Bill%20Richardson%20CBC%20Radio.m4a
  13. ^ http://www.davidcharlesmanners.com/INTERVIEWS_files/Lichfield%20Gazette%20Jan%202010%20-1.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.davidcharlesmanners.com/ewExternalFiles/Siciliy-1.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/smart-travel/author-series/notes-from-an-author-david-charles-manners/
  16. ^ http://memoiredopale.cultureforum.net/t28196-memoire-d-opale-n-10
  17. ^ "In the Shadow of Crows"=2009, Reportage Press
  18. ^ http://www.candoco.co.uk/about-us/people/staff-and-board/ben-wright
  19. ^ http://www.bgroup.org.uk/lessening_of_difference.html
  20. ^ http://vimeo.com/34309100
  21. ^ http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/9781846044458
  22. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/sunmorn
  23. ^ http://www.davidcharlesmanners.com/ewExternalFiles/Sunmorn_%2007%20Dec%2014_%20Life%20Religion%20and%20Ethics%20with%20Cathy%20MacDonald.mp3
  24. ^ https://www.tv3.lt/naujiena/837298/top-20-geriausios-knygos-vasarai/11
  25. ^ http://www.oed.com/viewdictionaryentry/Entry/67623
  26. ^ http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/news-events/2015/may/08/do-you-want-to-find-out-how-to-create-kind-schools
  27. ^ http://www.jkp.com/uk/how-to-create-kind-schools.html


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