Charles Palliser (born 1947)
is an American-born,
He is the elder brother of the late author and
freelance journalist Marcus Palliser.
Born in New England he is an American citizen but has lived in the
United Kingdom since the age of three. He went up to Oxford in 1967
to read English Language and Literature and took a First in June
1970. He was awarded the B. Litt. in 1975 for a dissertation on
until 1990 Palliser was a Lecturer in the Department of English at
the University of
Strathclyde in Glasgow.
was the first Deputy Editor of The Literary Review
when it was
founded in 1979. He taught creative writing during the Spring
semester of 1986 at Rutgers University in New
In 1990 he gave up his university post to
become a full-time writer when his first novel, The Quincunx
, became an international
He has published four novels which have been translated into a
dozen languages; among them are French, German, Dutch, Finnish,
Spanish, Greek, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian.
Palliser has also written for the theatre, radio, and television.
His stage play, Week Nothing
, toured Scotland in 1980. His
90 minute radio play, The Journal of Simon Owen
commissioned by the BBC and twice broadcast on Radio 4 in June,
1982. His short TV film, Obsessions: Writing
broadcast by the BBC and published by BBC Publications in 1991.
Most recently, his short radio play, Artist with Designs
was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21 February 2004.
He teaches occasionally for the Arvon Foundation, the Skyros
Institute, London University, the London Metropolitan University,
and Middlesex University. He was Writer in Residence at Poitiers
University in 1997.
In 1991 The Quincunx
awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction by the American
Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters which is given for the
best first novel published in North America. The Unburied
was nominated for the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary
Since 1990 he has written the Introduction to a Penguin Classics
edition of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Foreword to a new
French translation of Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone
published by Editions
Phebus, and other articles on 19th century and contemporary
fiction. He is a past member of the long-running North London
Writers circle 
- The Quincunx (Canongate
1989, and Ballantine 1990), ISBN 0345371135
- The Sensationist (Cape and Ballantine, 1991), ISBN
- Betrayals (Cape and Ballantine, 1993)
- The Unburied (Phoenix House and Farrar, Straus and
Giroux, 1999), ISBN 0743410513
- Interview with Charles Palliser, 3 December, 2008.