Paul Charles (novelist)

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Paul Charles (born 1949, Magherafelt) is a Northern Irish novelist, music promoter, and talent agent.[1]

Charles managed his first act, The Blues by Five, when he was 15 years old, and had to list the number of his local telephone call box on business cards.[2] The telephone would be answered by whomever was passing, who would then walk to Charles' house and knock on the window to let him know there was a call for him.[3] In 1967 he moved from Northern Ireland to London, planning to study Civil Engineering, but soon began writing for Belfast based magazine City Week, filing live reviews of Irish groups performing in London, and returned to the music business full-time.[2][4][5] He then became manager, agent, lyricist and roadie for progressive rock band Fruupp. When the band split up Charles formed a promotion agency, Asgard, with associate Paul Fenn. The agency's first big signing was English punk band the Buzzcocks.[3] Charles' clients now include Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, Christy Moore, Don McLean, Waterboys and Ry Cooder.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Charles lives in Primrose Hill, London and Donegal with his wife Catherine.


Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy series[edit]

  • I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass (1997)
  • Last Boat to Camden Town (1997)
  • Fountain of Sorrow (1998)
  • The Ballad of Sean and Wilko (2000)
  • The Hissing of the Silent Lonely Room (2001)
  • I've Heard the Banshee Sing (2002)
  • Justice Factory (2004)
  • Sweetwater (2007)
  • The Beautiful Sound of Silence (2008)
  • A Pleasure To Do Death With You (2012)

Inspector Starrett series[edit]

  • The Dust of Death (2007)
  • Family Life (2009)
  • St Ernan's Blues (2016)

McCusker Mysteries[edit]

  • Down on Cyprus Avenue (2014)

Other fiction[edit]

  • First of the True Believers (2002)
  • The Last Dance (2012)
  • The Prince of Heaven's Eyes (A Novella) (2012)
  • The Lonesome Heart is Angry (2014)
  • One of Our Jeans is Missing (2016)


  • Pocket essentials: How to Succeed in the Music Business (2002)
  • Pocket Essentials: The Beatles (2003)
  • The Complete Guide To Playing Live (2004)
  • The Best Beatles Book Ever (2013)


  1. ^ Sansom, Ian. "Northern Irish Writing". British Council. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b McGrotty, Catherine (25 September 2007). "Death Becomes Him" (PDF). Verbal Magazine. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Connolly, John. "Paul Charles: Interviewed by John Connolly". John Connolly Books. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Doherty, Amanda (13 December 1998). "Paul Charles: Crime is another string to music man's bow". Sunday Mirror. London. 
  5. ^ Gallen, Catriona (24 August 2007). "A dark tale of crucifixtion in Ramelton church". Donegal News. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Artists". Asgard London. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 

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